When we hired Pioli I was disappointed because I saw him as a midtable coach with a reputation of fast starts that lasted for a while and eventual mediocrity that led him to get fired by several clubs.
Like most of us I then became a believer when he kept producing good results that culminated in winning the title, something completely unexpected. Players improved under his regime, a young squad with a very promising future and a father figure as coach who is a good communicator, all the ingredients for sustained success and we were flying high.
Now it all seems like fools' gold, everyone that contributed to our scudetto win has regressed....and by a lot. It's been a nightmare, everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong, the coach forgot to coach, the players forgot to play, our heralded scouting and management no longer able to make sound judgments, and our new owner is a snake oil salesman.
How can it be that all of the sudden Tomori, Kalulu, Tonali, Theo, Leao, Calabria, Benna, have gone from champs to chumps? Salad, Messias, and Diaz have their limitations and Giroud scores a few goals but contributes very little. This we knew and are not surprised but the fall of form of the others is shocking to me. Speaking of Giroud, I don't understand this rush to renew him because we need a much more useful striker to lead our attack and not some old one dimensional almost has been.
MMM have also disappointed greatly because they have not addressed our needs and keep silent while the club burns. The signing of Vasquez is like a slap in the face to all Milanisti, everybody knew that we needed a reliable keeper to take over for the insecure Tata, and they went and got someone who at best will be third keeper in the future. I was hoping we'd try for Cragno who's languishing on the bench at Monza, who have a great young goalie, and is owned by Cagliari. A six month loan would have been ideal and Cragno would have gladly accepted because of our prestige and a chance to play more. So we are now in freefall and I have seen no indication that we'll be able to overcome this crisis: they're all out of ideas, the coach has lost the players who seem disinterested. Then there's Maignan and his mysterious injury, one of our heroes, a Superman, strong, confident, intelligent, durable, a born leader. What the hell happened to him?