Rossoneri languishing 19 points adrift of top spot.
Former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has revealed that he felt it was “inevitable” that the Rossoneri would struggle this season.
The Italian giants currently find themselves in 11th place in Serie A after suffering their fifth defeat of the season against Fiorentina on Saturday night.
With the pressure increasing on coach Massimiliano Allegri, speculation on Monday had suggested that the club could look to revolutionise its structure with Adriano Galliani also at risk of being replaced.
However, while it may have come as a shock to most, Gattuso has insisted that due to the inability to spend, Milan were always likely to struggle to compete with their rivals.
“You have to spend a lot of money to build strong sides,” he told TV show Che Tempo Che Fa, as reported by Football Italia.
“This is a moment in time where little investment is being made, the opposite from what President Silvio Berlusconi has done throughout his reign.
“Today, Roma, Napoli and Juventus have something more than Milan because they have spent a lot on new players,” he concluded.
Milan have now lost three of their last five league games and have decided to enter their second training retreat already this season.
While they travel to Barcelona on Wednesday hoping to continue their efforts in Europe, the pressure is on both Allegri and the players to start achieving results domestically as they are currently in significant danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League next season.
However, with Galliani again reiterating the support from the club for the beleaguered coach, it appears at this stage that there will not be any changes made until the summer although Berlusconi is expected to meet with his children on Monday afternoon to discuss the future of the club.