Opinion: AC Milan is ready for a Champions League return

Chievo Verona v AC Milan - Serie A
VERONA, ITALY - MARCH 09: Krzysztof Piatek (R) of AC Milan celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team with teammates during the Serie A match between Chievo Verona and AC Milan at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on March 9, 2019 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

AC Milan is the most consistent team in the Serie A, along with Juventus, since the start of 2019. That’s why we believe that the Rossoneri are ready for Champions League football.

AC Milan is the second most successful club in the history of the Champions League with seven titles in their trophy cabinet.

However, their last appearance in the competition was back in 2014. The Rossoneri are now five years without European elite football, but they might be back at the start of the new season.

Krzysztof Piatek scored his eighth goal for the club since arriving in January, to seal a 2-1 away victory at Chievo on Saturday night and secure the third place for AC Milan on the Serie A table.

The Rossoneri are now unbeaten for 10 successive games in all competitions, winning their last five outings in Serie A.

They are seven points clear ahead of fifth-placed AS Roma, who are yet to play their game of the 27th matchday against Empoli on Monday night.

The most important thing for AC Milan at the moment is to keep up the momentum and continue winning as many games as possible.

There was a period in December when the Rossoneri scored only one goal in five games, but with the arrival of Piatek, they are way more efficient.

The Polish striker is exactly what Gennaro Gattuso’s side lacked in the first part of the season. He is a top-class finisher who doesn’t need much space and time to convert his chances into goals.

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He is also self-confident and believes in himself, saying: “I was born ready. I’m ready now and I’ll do everything to get Milan back into the Champions League.

“I’ll fight for Milan. I hope I can show my talent in every game. I could say anything here, but everything will be decided on the field.

“My case shows that any desire can come true. That said, I do not forget that I am 23 years old and I know that I still have to do a lot, work hard to stay afloat, I do not want to do a season at the top and then disappear.”

Lucas Paqueta is another January signing that lifted the spirits of AC Milan and helped the team reach a top-four place on the Serie A table.

Of course, there is still a long way to go until the end of the season, but with their current form and winning mentality, we believe that AC Milan is finally ready for a Champions League return.

We have to admit that they lack a bit of European experience, as most of the first-team players they have acquired in the past few seasons did not play in the Champions League previously in their careers.

However, the promising results give the Rossoneri a lot of hope. AC Milan might not be quite ready enough to make a deep Champions League run, but their return to the competition would be well-deserved.

At the end of the day, with their seven European crowns, AC Milan belongs to the Champions League.

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