There is a horrible moment between the sickening crunch of reversing your car into another vehicle and getting out to survey the damage. You hope, despite all the evidence, that perhaps things will not turn out as badly as you thought. But for Milan fans, on early indications anyway, the fears that this season may be a write-off appear well justified.
The misery among Rossoneri followers recently has been as smothering as the thickest Lombardy fog. The big name departures and cut-price arrivals have produced a pessimism far deeper than they ever thought Silvio Berlusconi’s pockets might be. After years of watching Oscar-winning performances, they are facing up to some pretty grim reality TV.