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Fassone Believes Milan Clubs Long Way Behind Juventus

Juventus have set the benchmark for Italian football, according to AC Milan director Marco Fassone, who believes his club and Inter are still some way off them.

Over the past seven seasons, nobody has been able to usurp the Bianconeri and for some clubs the gap has only been widened between the champions and the chasing pack.

While Fassone paid tribute to Juventus for their relentless winning run, he attempted to find an answer to what the Milan clubs can do to get back to challenging for Scudetto honours, starting with perhaps mimicking the Old Lady.

“Milan are now facing a model of change. Seven successive Scudetti is great for Juventus but perhaps not so good for the rest of Italian football,” he said at the book launch of The End of Italian Football.

“I think Milan and Inter are still a long way behind. They have worked very well over the past seven years and the gap has probably doubled and there is a long way to go but they are a model and we should try to follow what they have done.

“We are behind Juventus but we can take a cue from them and emulate them but those changes take time. For so many years, ourselves and Inter were the emblems of an extraordinary city and represented two winning families.

“Juve’s history involves an entire family and goes back a long way but Milan and Inter have now changed and have international ownership and the new way of doing business as a result takes time.”

Fassone also discussed the mooted plans for Milan to move out of the San Siro and build their own stadium in another part of the city, claiming any concrete news is still some way off.

“As a city, Milan is ready to have two stadiums and we are doing an analysis on things at the moment, whether it would be best to have a new stadium for us or continue with Inter at San Siro,” he explained.

“We would be the only city in Europe to have two teams and only one stadium but you would have to seriously consider leaving because the San Siro is the San Siro.”

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