Milan, the round of 16 also economic objective: help for the renewals of Leao and Bennacer

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The growth of Milan in recent years, more or less since Stefano Pioli joined the Rossoneri bench, is there for all to see. The club from via Aldo Rossi returned to the Champions League after 7 years of absence and in the league obtained a second and a first place. If in Italy Pioli’s team permanently occupies the high-altitude positions, the last step is to succeed in establishing itself also in Europe. The victory in Zagreb gave a lot but now we need to complete the work with Salzburg.

Round of 16, sporting goal

As reported this morning by the edition of Corriere dello Sportthe clear and overwhelming victory against Dinamo Zagreb gave new certainties to a team that after the double negative confrontation with Chelsea had been questioned and questioned for their European performance. Not only did Milan win by relaunching in Group E and guaranteeing the possibility of two out of three results in the last match against Salzburg, but they also convinced by scoring four goals: an event that had not happened in a Champions League victory since 2005 against Fenerbahce. Now the Rossoneri find themselves with destiny in their own hands: next Wednesday, at San Siro, 75,000 fans will come to support the team to be able to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in 9 years. Against Salzburg one point is enough but Pioli has already confirmed that the team will take the field to play the game.

Eighth, economic goal

Reaching the round of 16 would not be a purely sporting boast for Milan but it would guarantee the club a series of important economic income. Even before the turning point brought by Stefano Pioli, the recent Rossoneri history began to turn around when the men of the Elliott fund took office in via Aldo Rossi who, in four years, have restored the club’s accounts together with the return to levels top sportsmen of the club. Now even the management, which has been under the control of RedBird since September, needs to have significant contributions thanks to the team’s European path to continue the virtuous circle started more than four years ago. If Milan managed to hit the round of 16, the financial availability would increase and would also allow greater economic strength as regards the important renewals that Maldini and Massara have to face: Leao and Bennacer above all.

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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