Come 23 May, it will be a day of reckoning for the Rossoneri. Fighting off the calicopoly scandal and not being able to sign any big players during the summer transfer, there has been complete turnaround in the fortunes since the signing of Ronaldo.
From the 8 point deficit to reaching 4th place to the finals of the Champions League, the team has shown a lot of grit and determination. Faced with the departure of Schevchenko the team took their time to settle down but as of now they look an impressive outfit. With the experience of Maldini, Nesta, Cafu, Seedorf and Inzaghi along with the passing of Pirlo, grit of Gattuso and the (s)kills of Kaka and Gourcuff (who will not start but has me as a fan!) Milan look all set to lift their 7th Champions League title (touch wood).
Standing again in their way is Gerrard, who probably is the most complete player in world football at the moment (sorry Ballack, Kaka, Deco, Nedved, and Riqueleme) along with the cronies of Benitez. But Milan will be desperate to atone for their Istanbul nightmare when they face Liverpool on Wednesday's rematch in Athens.
The team still lacks a striker and has had to rely on goals from the midfield. Inzaghi is a very Crespoesque striker but is not of the same caliber and needs a strike partner to divert attention. Gilardino has been misfiring since he arrived as Serie A's top scorer from Parma but the young man is still good enough thought totally out of form. The aging defence is not a very big problem because we sill have the best defender in the world (Nesta) and Maldini and Cafu are still a handfull for any team (as shown to Roooney and C.Ronaldo). With Pirlo and Seedorf in form its game on!