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Can Milan represent Italy and reach the final

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By Football Italiano

Tuesday 28 January 2014

AC Milan are one of the most recognised names in world football. With a history full of trophies, great players and success, their current position in Serie A will be a big disappointment to fans used to seeing great things from their team. After a change in manager, Milan hired former-player Clarence Seedorf in the hope of changing the fortunes of the club. Seedorf got off to a good start in his first game with a 1-0 win over Verona, and news.coral.co.uk/football will have all the latest updates from Seedorf’s new role.

Although they are all but out of the hunt for the Serie A title, fans will be hoping that the new manager can lift them up the Serie A table. With a large gap between them and the qualification places for next year’s UEFA Champions’ League, Milan’s best hope of qualification may be to win this year’s competition. Milan still have hopes of going far in this year’s UEFA Champions’ League after coming through a difficult group stage which included FC Barcelona, Ajax and Celtic.

The Champions’ League

Italian football holds a proud record in the Champions’ League, with Italian clubs winning a total of twelve titles since the competition’s beginning in 1955 as the European Cup. This is only one victory behind the current leaders Spain, whose clubs have won thirteen titles. AC Milan are the most successful Italian club over this time with seven total trophies, only two behind the overall leaders Real Madrid.

Milan last won the competition in 2007, with club-legend Filippo Inzaghi scoring twice in a 2-1 victory versus Liverpool in Athens. With such a great pedigree in the competition, Italy will be highly disappointed to only have one team left in this year’s Champions’ League, and the pressure will be on AC Milan to represent their nation in the famous competition.

According to odds at Coral, AC Milan are 66/1 to go on and win this year’s UEFA Champions’ League. These odds may seem generous considering the club’s history in the competition, although a knockout round tie against Spain’s Atlético Madrid is indeed a tough one. Atlético are flying high in La Liga this season and challenging the superpowers, Barcelona and Real Madrid, for the title. However, they are inexperienced at this high of a level, and the tie against AC Milan will be a tough test of their squad’s inexperience this late in the tournament.

If new manager Seedorf can get his side back into a winning mentality, an upturn in fortunes may be on the cards for AC Milan. With an excellent history in the Champions’ League, a strong run deep into the tournament could be a real possibility.

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