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AC Milan: Serie A title bid gathers pace for European football's most improved team

January 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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All the signs are looking good that leading Italian football club AC Milan could secure its first Serie A title in 10 years.

(CNN)All the signs are looking good that leading Italian football club AC Milan could secure its first Serie A title in 10 years.

After its 17 games -- nearly half the season -- Milan has 40 points, three ahead of city rivals Inter and 10 more than Juventus, though the defending champion has played two fewer matches than the Serie A leader ahead of its Sunday fixture against Sassuolo.

But it's not just Milan's impressive league form -- its lost just one league game this season -- that is giving the club's fans confidence that this could be the year the team secures a 19th scudetto.

Over the last 12 months, Milan has become the most improved team in Europe, according to a report from a leading sports data company, released earlier this month.

"AC Milan have improved more than any other team in Europe according to the Euro Club Index football ranking from Gracenote and Hypercube," said the Gracenote report.

"AC Milan are the only team to have increased their Euro Club Index by over 500 points compared to this time last year," added the Gracenote report.

"Over the last year, AC Milan have improved their Euro Club Index the most, by 531 points from 2732 to 3263. "

It added: "Milan's improvement means they have climbed from being the 47th best team in Europe a year ago to number 20 now. "

Milan's talismanic 39-year-old, who has scored 10 league goals this season, came on as a second-half substitute in Saturday's victory.

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