Milan and Internazionale face up to new realities of life in Serie A

The Milan rivals are enduring their worst season for decades and both clubs are coming to accept they are no longer the powerhouses of old, but there are reasons for optimism
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Evidence of Milan’s decline has been hard to miss in Italy of late. You can see it in the Serie A standings, where the Rossoneri began this weekend in eighth place, 17 points behind the league leaders, Juventus. You can hear it in the words of their manager, Pippo Inzaghi, who insisted after a 2–1 defeat to Sassuolo last weekend that it was time to abandon talk of a top-three finish.

Some fans even perceived it in the club’s latest transfer coup. After landing the Italy international Alessio Cerci on an 18-month loan from Atlético Madrid, Milan tweeted a picture of his new No22 shirt, hanging alongside Ricky Saponara’s No8 in the changing room at San Siro. As disillusioned followers were quick to point out, those squad numbers used to belong to Kaká and Gennaro Gattuso.

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