For a moment, against Lazio, in AC Milan’s 14th game of the 2020/2021 Italian Serie A season, the club’s first position and their unbeaten run in the league was under serious threat.
After going two goals up in the first 20 minutes, courtesy goals from Rebic in the 10th minute and Calhanoglu in the 17th minute via a penalty, Pioli’s men allowed Lazio into the game, with Romero Alconchel pulling one back in the 27th minute before Immobile made it 2-2 for Lazio on the night.
Immobile’s equalizer put the boys under pressure considering that a draw would have allowed Inter Milan, who had defeated Verona a day before, to extend their temporary stay at the top of the Italian League.
But AC Milan delivered once again, even in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to claim all three points at home as, Theo Hernandez secured the winning goal late in the game.
The result means that AC Milan are still on top of the league, yet to lose a game this season and, for a long time, are in contention for the scudetto.
AC Milan are in contention!
It has been a long time since AC Milan supporters heard this, and they will be glad to hear it now, that AC Milan are well and truly in contention for the Italian Serie A trophy after a long while.
The last time they won the trophy was in the 2010/2011 season when they had the likes of Gennaro Gattuso, Filippo Inzaghi, Kevin Prince Boateng, Andrea Pirlo, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Since then, Juventus have dominated the league, winning in 9 consecutive seasons. But AC Milan have been sending out signals since the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic last season that they would want their title back.
Being a part of the team that last won the title, Zlatan has made the team strong and the players around him better and hungrier for a scudetto. Speaking of Zlatan’s influence, Pioli earlier this year said:
Ibra has improved us in many ways on the pitch, giving us solutions we didn’t previously have.
He has an important presence both physically and technically and creates a lot of space for his team-mates. Regarding his personality and character, he was definitely decisive.
Zlatan’s influence and leadership has grown and developed to the extent that his side are now getting the wins even in his absence.
AC Milan fans can start dreaming
AC Milan have started the season very well and got themselves into the history books last night as they became the only unbeaten side in the Serie A and across all of Europe’s five top leagues after 14 games.
The win at San Siro also makes them the first side for over 70 years to score two-plus goals in at least 15 consecutive games over a single calendar year across the same clutch of competitions.
So with the setting of these amazing records, the uninspiring form of Juventus and the growing confidence in the AC Milan team, supporters of the club can certainly start dreaming.
After years of dormancy in the scudetto race, they are in charge and could well win their first after nine seasons.