season has had its ups and downs for Milan. Having started the season with an 8 point penalty due to the Calciopoli Scandal
a bad run of results where Milan failed to win for 9 matches in a row had left them in a lowly 15th place on only 11 points. After two consecutive losses against Atalanta
, Milan had a streak of 7 consecutive matches without loss. Two wins against Catania and Udinese on Matchday 17
and Matchday 18
respectively have left Milan only 6 points behind 4th place and qualification for the Champions League. Milan eventually finished fourth in the league, behind Lazio. After showing a bad physical condition throughout most Autumn, the team is looking forward for a January retreat in Malta, to regain condition and try to achieve a fourth place finish in Serie A and further progression in the Champions League.
Milan's performances in the Champions League have altogether been a different story. Drawn in a group described as easy by some pundits, with AEK Athens
, Milan comfortably won the group after Matchday 5, even after losing to AEK Athens in that round. Milan eventually won the Champions League, overcoming Celtic
in the round of 16, Bayern Munich
in the quarter-finals, Manchester United
in the semi finals and Liverpool
in the final. Kaká
himself has been in particular good form for Milan in the Champions League having scored 10 goals in 12 matches, winning this years Champions League Golden Boot.