You say we keep barely beating poor teams. Such as who? Yes we had a bad spell in December, but we can put that aside as this is clearly a different Milan to the one that couldn't even manage to barely beat poor teams.
We beat Genoa 2-0 (away), Cagliari and Empoli both 3-0 (home) then we had the lucky win against Sassuolo. Last night was a deserved win too against a team that have drawn against Napoli, Roma, Lazio and Inter. Was it a convincing win? Not the most convincing, but then again it was definitely not lucky and we definitely deserved to win. Chievo deserved nothing from it. The fact that they're bottom of the league means absolutely nothing to me. You even mentioned how much they run, they're clearly up for a fight and again their results against our rivals shows it.
Plus in terms of improvement (or stepping up against the bigger sides) amidst those wins against weaker opponents, we stepped up and beat Atalanta away which is one of the tougher fixtures. We drew away to Roma in a game where we were denied a stonewall PK when leading 1-0 and drew against Napoli (a team that are better than us but we held our own and also beat them in the Coppa).
Chievo have 10 points from a possible 81. Beating them is the very least we could be expected to do. How can that not matter? They lose most of their games.
We beat Cagliari and Empoli in San Siro, midtable teams who were in horrible form, and with extremely flattering results that didn't reflect the flow of the game. Same against Atalanta, who are indeed a decent team, but who really absolutely outplayed us for large parts of the game. They will wonder forever how they lost that game -- and the answer is mostly Piatek.
This is the same Milan from that good run last season, the one who beat Roma in Rome and all that. I seriously fail to see what has improved compared to then, other than some individuals, including key ones in the GK and striker. Watch the games again. We actually played better then.
Again, I'll be extremely delighted if we make it to CL, and it is not unlikely. Gattuso is a capable manager and deserves credit. I've said it many times. He already showed it last season, had he been the manager all season we would have likely qualified to CL too. In fact the good things from that run are pretty much the same as the ones now.
I just don't see any real progress and don't see how playing like we currently do can lead to many more wins in the tougher games -- luckily we don't necessarily need to in order to qualify. We play terrible football most of the time.
I hope I'm wrong, but really, we won't get far playing like we've doing for the past 4-5 games.