The AC Milan machine we saw in almost the entirety of 2020 appears to have slammed to a halt, according to a report.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) writes that the Rossoneri are going through a complicated period, and while two or three negative performances and results have not caused a crisis, they still sound like an alarm bell because both the numbers and the performances have worsened.

The points per game average has dropped from 2.25 to 1.41 from 2020 to 2021 when calculating all competitions (in Serie A it is now 1.67). In 2021 there have already been five losses, while in all of 2020 there were just three. Goals scored have also decreased, from 27 to 16.

There is also an athletic problem too as the team has been hit hard by Coronavirus, without forgetting the numerous injuries – both trauma and muscular issues – that have decimated the squad over the course of the season and have contributed to some of the bad results.

The result is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has often been isolated, which means Milan have become predictable, but at the other end there are problems too with Alessio Romagnoli and Simon Kjaer also struggling for form. The pressure is now on Stefano Pioli to prove it is a temporary blip.

This article first appeared on SempreMilan and was syndicated with permission.

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