Inter and Milan needs to step up – Italian FA president

Italian Football Association president Carlo Tavecchio expresses his desire to see the Milan clubs return to being competitive again to end Juventus’ complete domination in the country.

Juve is currently four points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand against second-placed Roma, are almost on course to win Serie A for a record sixth straight season.

Internazionale, who are currently seventh in Serie A, were eliminated from this season’s Europa League in the group stage of what had been their first European tournament since 2012.

On the other hand, AC Milan is currently fifth in the Serie A, but last qualified for the Champions League in 2013. The club has now been absent from European club competition for the past three seasons – their longest run without participating European football.

On a more optimistic note, Milan had defeated Juventus on two occasions this season, first in the Serie A on home ground, and then winning the Supercoppa Italiana by beating the Bianconeri on penalties. Still, they are nine points behind the league leaders approaching mid-season, with Inter a further three points behind.

“Our football is not in a state of decline, but we are lacking something and we need Milan to recover,” Tavecchio said. “Not only for the city, but for the whole of Lombardy.”

“With its history, Milan cannot remain absent from a stage where, with all due respect for Rome and Naples, Turin currently has an organisational superiority in terms of its winning culture.”

“Inter are in a more convenient position since they will have a club structure consolidated by major investment and I believe this will happen already next season, with the arrival of a specific management,” he added.

“Milan, on the other hand, could recover if they maintain the current board, but throughout all this Juventus are going to be careful with any changes because they will see rivals emerging very soon, if in Milan they do what they need to do.”

Juventus takes on Bologna at home this Sunday with nothing less than a win expected, while Milan hosts Cagilari and Inter goes on a visit to Udinese.

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