AC Milan’s hit two milestones last night that demonstrate how bleak the past decade has been. Milan have struggled since the end of the 2011/12 season when Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva were sold but not replaced. The team has missed out on Champions League football since the 2013/14 season and finished 5th in 2018/19 as a peak since 2012/13.
Balotelli, Pazzini and el Shaarawy were the last three Milan players to score 10+ goals in a single season in 2012/13.
Rebic, Calhanoglu and Ibrahimovic all have at least 10 goals in all competitions this season.
— Milan by Numbers (@MilanNumbers) July 29, 2020
The first milestone is that Milan put four goals past Sampdoria on the road to hit 60 goals in a single league campaign for the first time since the 2012/13 season when they got 67 goals.
The second milestone is that Milan has three players with 10 or more goals in all competitions in a single season for the first time since the 2012/13 season too. Then it was Stephan el Shaarawy (19), Giampaolo Pazzini (15) and Mario Balotelli (12). This year Ante Rebic has 12 goals, Hakan Calhanoglu has 11 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 10.
These two achievements serve to demonstrate how poor the attack has been over the past 7 years. What’s even more surprising is that Ibrahimovic and Rebic have practically played just half the season and the Stefano Pioli’s men have scored 42 goals in the league in the second half of the season and just 18 goals in the first half, they still have one game to go.