Things are now getting so desperate at AC Milan that the fallen giants of Serie A cannot wait until David Beckham parks up at the San Siro.Anything will do to lift the mood, which is currently as depressing as the weather which hangs over the Rossoneri camp following Sunday eveningÃ¢ÂÂs 4-2 mauling at Juventus.It wasnÃ¢ÂÂt as if Juve looked like genuine title-contenders - although they thoroughly deserved their victory - it was how woefully inept Carlo AncelottiÃ¢ÂÂs side were in every area of the pitch.
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Carlo Ancelotti in Father Christmas guise would certainly be an arresting sight in the lead up to the Christmas break.With his ever-expanding girth and drooping jowls, the AC Milan boss would play the part of old Santa to perfection. Speaking to satellite broadcaster Sky Sports Italia, cuddly Carlo revealed that if he had a sack of goodies sitting in front of him it would contain: an appointment with the barber for Ronaldinho, a pen for Jose Mourinho and a Milan shirt with No.10 on the back for Alessandro Del Piero Ã¢ÂÂ still his favourite player, apparently.