AC Milan have won the 2021-22 Serie A title, with arch-rivals Inter finishing second after a dramatic final day.
Milan needed to win at Sassuolo in order to secure a first Scudetto since 2011, and they showed no nerves as they raced into a 3-0 lead after only 36 minutes.
Stafano Pioli’s men coasted to victory to earn their first title for 11 years, rendering Inter’s own 3-0 victory, at home to Sampdoria, ultimately irrelevant.
What could have been a nervous Sunday turned into a walk in the park for Milan, as Olivier Giroud scored twice before Franck Kessie put the result beyond doubt before half-time.
It has been a tough 11 years since Milan last won the title, with the club suffering financial crisis off the pitch and a fall from grace on it.
They fell into mid-table, finishing as low as 10th in the 2014-15 season, and were absent from European competition for a number of seasons.
However, they have been returning to their former strength under Pioli, playing in the Champions League for the first time since 2013-14 in this campaign, and have now earned a 19th Serie A crown.
They have been helped back to the top by a mix of youth and experience, with exciting talents like Mike Maignan, Fikayo Tomori and Sandro Tonali paired with seasoned campaigners such as Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Against Sassuolo, the Rossoneri dominated a first half that saw Giroud bag a brace and Kessie find the net with a fine finish. The second half was comfortable and always under the Diavolo’s control. The final scoreline reads 3-0 with a clean sheet to top it off. The tricolour is returning to the AC Milan jersey.
A tally of 86 points (the Rossoneri have never achieved more in a Scudetto triumph) and a great run of wins to end the season, dominating with confidence and maturity and always rising to the occasion when it mattered most. Credit must be given to everyone because each and every part of this club has contributed to this unforgettable triumph: from the players, who have improved immensely over the course of the season, to Coach Pioli, who wins a well-deserved first Scudetto of his career, as well as the management and the fans, who came to Reggio Emilia in great numbers.
And now let the Rossoneri party begin!