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Did Atalanta reach the CL final in 2003? Obviously not.

Atalanta were a team battling for salvezza before Gasperini arrived, so it's not quite comparable to Tottenham now. Tottenham since hiring Harry Redknapp and Pochettino became one of the best teams in the Premiership and have had some top players like Modric, Bale, Berbatov etc..
 

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Not to mention Tottenham being a historically bigger club compared to Atalanta, too.
 

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Spurs aren't bad, they are good. But they are midtable because everyone in the EPL is so strong.

That's my point.

You guys don't think the disparity is simply crazy vs rest of Europe?
 

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They’re among the 10 richest clubs in the world so in that sense not surprising they sign a top 10 coach. Having said that, will be interesting to see how he gets along with Levy who hates spending money. If Son and/or Kane leave next summer, Conte could be leaving as well.
 

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I mean Conte seems just like an extremely intense and unstable dude, so regardless he might find a reason to leave sooner rather than later., or get himself fired. Maybe this will finally be the job he wants to keep for longer, though, but as we've seen with Mourinho, some managers are just not meat for that, even if they're really good.

As for the disparity -- yeah. Also in particular about coaching though, it seems EPL clubs a few years ago decided that attracting top managers from all over the world is a huge priority. There are still rare cases like Lampard or Solksjaer, and managers that make it through the ranks of their own leagues, but in general they are more open to hiring global talent for managerial positions than in Spain and Italy IMO, where there is a greater bias for locals (which can be a good thing too).
 

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If you guys have a time and watch Sevilla vs Lille.
Take a look at Rento Sanches play.

We need that type of player in this current Milan squad.
He will fit perfectly in Pioli's system and will move us up a level.
Definitely we won't miss Kessie...
 

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Spurs aren't bad, they are good. But they are midtable because everyone in the EPL is so strong.

That's my point.

You guys don't think the disparity is simply crazy vs rest of Europe?
For all the money, they still have the same old hallmark of being super unbalanced. Lack of balance is a common feature for EPL teams though, with very few exceptions like Chelsea (though Rudiger is one of those massively overrated players who shouldn't be there)...but Spurs are this on overdrive. No surprise why they haven't been taking up the top league positions. I'm not saying they would win the league, but sacrificing some things going forward for a better defence and midfield should see them up the table.
 

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(though Rudiger is one of those massively overrated players who shouldn't be there).
For real? Rudiger is absolutely key to how they play. If anything he's been underrated for very long. I was surprised when we were linked with him and Milan fans didn't like him.

He's a hard to like dude, but he is extremely tough, quick, decent with the ball, wins most challenges, and rarely makes costly mistakes other than unnecessarily fouls/cards. He also seems like an important off the pitch figure.
 

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NEWCASTLE OWNERS CONSIDERED INTER, AC MILAN BEFORE £305M TAKEOVER

Amanda Staveley has confirmed the consortium (Saudi Public Investment Funds & RB Sports and Media) that bought Newcastle United considered bids for Seria A giants Inter and Milan before returning to the Premiere League.

"We talked to Inter Milan and AC Milan but the structure of the league was in a mess"
 

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Interesting. Wonder what that means.
1. Not enough opportunity to earn money.
2. unbalanced in competition and income.
3. Bureauchratic hurdles in Italy.

Newcastle though is a strange choice. They be way better off with a Birmingham club as that is a way bigger city that is centrally placed. A Milano club though is way better than... lets say PSG.
 

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1. Not enough opportunity to earn money.
2. unbalanced in competition and income.
3. Bureauchratic hurdles in Italy.

Newcastle though is a strange choice. They be way better off with a Birmingham club as that is a way bigger city that is centrally placed. A Milano club though is way better than... lets say PSG.
Aston Villa is already owned by some of the richest people in the world, who clearly have ambitions of their own for the club, and Birmingham is in a mess not unlike Milan in terms of ownership by shady Asian groups and general chaos -- probably not ready for a takeover, plus a much smaller brand than Newcastle and they are a lower half of the table team in the second tier.

But also Newcastle is a really a bigger club than most people outside of the UK realize. I have been living (half the week anyway) in England this year and they talk about Newcastle and the takeover all the time in the football shows. But they also talked about them more than about any other club at the bottom of the table. The geographic aspect is definitely true, but it also means Newcastle is the central city of a pretty large region in the North of England. And it's just one of the better known clubs from England around the world outside of the big ones. Not too long ago their status was comparable to that of a Tottenham, precisely when EPL and CL were reaching a massive era of globalization.
 
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