Milan must forget Barcelona and focus on Serie A

Seventh in Serie A after a terrible first half to the season and drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League but Massimiliano Allegri must chose one to focus on and it must be the former.

Gone are the days of titles, celebration and classy performances. The special memories of Paolo Maldini, Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit and others remain in the club's museum but out on the pitch, Milan have turned into a very basic footballing side.

Compared to the likes of reigning champions Juventus, Napoli, Lazio and even cross-city rivals Inter Milan, the Rossaneri are struggling to find consistency and sit outside the European places.

Without Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who surprisingly left the club this last summer they have struggled to find adequate replacements with Alexandre Pato and Robinho failing to refind the form that once made them forces on European soil.

Both are also set to leave with a return to Brazil highly likely, leaving Allegri with a very basic and normal looking side, certainly not one that can take on the likes of Barcelona, whom they face in the next round of the Champions League.

Domestically Milan have been poor with six defeats in their opening 16 games with their goalscoring problems proving to be a huge problem at the club.

Italian youngster Stephan El Shaarawy is the club's leading scorer with 16 goals in 24 appearances but other than that no-one else is pulling their weight but even then Shaarawy is yet to score outside of Italy.

Defensively, Allegri has tried several combinations but Phillipe Mexes and Mario Yepes are proving to be a more flamboyant rather than trusting partnership.

Things are certainly not good for the club at present which leaves them with the ultimate dilemma of choosing where to focus; Europe or Serie A.

Judging by Barcelona's form this season you would have to pick the league and that would be the wisest of decisions.

Look at Liverpool, a side Milan faced just six years ago in the Champions League final and beat, they have now found themselves far behind the Premier League's top four and if Milan aren't careful, then they will do the same.

Beating Barcelona is not impossible, ask Celtic, but Milan may have to move on and forget this one before they to become a team of history, not the future.

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