The Rossoneri were among the pacesetters in Italy’s top flight, but have now further improved their reputation with great achievement
AC Milan’s excellent form in Serie A this season saw the club go down in history books after a 3-2 win over Lazio on Wednesday, while Stefano Pioli’s team continued to establish their serious Scudetto bona-fides.
The Rossoneri were among the drivers of the Italian flight, with serious daylight already between the two and rivals Inter and the rest of the chase, including the current Juventus title holder.
Bianconer’s mid-week defeat to Fiorentina on Tuesday meant that, heading into their last match on Christmas Eve, Pioli’s team remained the only undefeated outfit in the top five European leagues.
With the win at San Siro, they added another success to their cap for the 2020-21 campaign, becoming the first side over 70 to score two plus goals in at least 15 consecutive games during one calendar year during the same combination of competitions.
The endings of Ante Rebić, Hakan Calhanoglu and Theo Hernandez mean that Milan became only the second team to achieve a feat, following in the footsteps of Barcelona, which in 1948 managed to pass 18 games at the box office with at least double successes in front of goal.
Shot by the scoring feats of legendary striker Cesar Rodriguez, the Blaugrana achieved triumphs in the La Liga title in both 1947-48 and 1948-49, which can still be a promising omen for Pioli as he tries to break Juve’s long-term foothold in the Serie A Crown.
Having saved a lone defeat by Lille of 3: 0 in the group stages of the Europa League in November, the club has not yet lost a match in all competitions in this term and has remained among the favorites for domestic and continental success.
It marks an extraordinary form of form on multiple fronts, albeit one that was nearly cut off in early October, after Calhanoglu had to find a 120-minute finish in overtime to extort a penalty against Rio Ave to secure European football.
With three more points won, Milan will take advantage of Christmas and the New Year, returning to action on January 3 against Benevento after the holiday break.