Team Review: AC Milan in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: August 1, 2014
Milan in the 2013-14 Season

Serie A Finish: 8th

Match Results: W16-D9-L13

(Featured image: Milan | Source: imagesofsoccer.com)

 

AC Milan’s 31st consecutive season in Serie A was a bittersweet affair with Italy’s top-tier football. For the first time in 16 years, the usual online betting favorites were unable to secure berth in any of EUFA’s top competitions—not even in the playoffs—after they only landed in the eighth league spot by the conclusion of the tournament. It was clearly a bad season for Rossoneri; in fact, they needed to change their managers twice but still ended up near the mid-table.

 

The 18-time Serie A champions had several signings during the summer transfer window, the most notable of which were forward Allessandro Matri, defender Cristian Zapata, and midfielder Andrea Poli who were acquired for fees amounting to €12 million, €6 million, and €3 million, respectively. However, there were also those who moved out of the club to play for other sides, including Kevin-Prince Boateng for Schalke and Mario Yepes for Atalanta.

 

Milan kicked off their top-flight campaign with a disappointing loss to Verona under the tutelage of Massimiliano Allegri. This inevitably put them below the top half of the table with zero points scored and two goals conceded. In their second fixture, however, the side were able to make a good turnaround and pulled off a 3-1 victory against Cagliari before drawing with Torino 2-2 in their next battle. In their subsequent fixtures, the side struggled with inconsistency, as evidenced by their roller coaster ride in the league rankings—plummeting as far as the 13th spot but barely making it to the top quadrant.

 

Mauro Tassotti took care of the team on January 2014 after the sacking of Allegri and led the players to a 3-1 win against Spezia Calcio in the Coppa Italia. Clarence Seedorf was then hired as the new team coach and he was able to keep the side unbeaten for three consecutive matches since his appointment. However, continuing the ugly season that it already was, Seedorf failed to escape defeats and his men were trounced six times under his mentorship. They, nevertheless, capped the season with a win over Sassuolo and a final league position within the top 10.

 

Mario Balotelli was Milan’s top scorer overall, having scored 14 goals in Serie A, one in the Coppa Italia, and three in the Champions League. For the latter two competitions, Rossoneri only finished in the quarter-finals and Round of 16, respectively.