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Milan Aim To Return To Winning Ways As Fixtures Released

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The 2015/2016 season draws ever closer, as the league unveiled the full fixture list earlier this week. So what should the expectations for the new season be?

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The 2015/2016 fixture list has been unveiled by Lega Serie A.  Milan's new season is closer and closer.  It's time to forget what happened last year (and the year before...and the year before that...) and dream about the goal for this new-and-improved Milan team guided by Siniša Mihajlović.

The road to resurgence is still long, as Milan's fixture list below reveals. It will be interesting to see if the team has really improved:

Round Opponent Home Away
1 Fiorentina Jan. 17, 2016 Aug. 23, 2015
2 Empoli Aug. 30, 2015 Jan. 24, 2016
3 Inter Jan. 31, 2016 Sep. 13, 2015
4 Palermo Sep. 20, 2015 Feb. 2, 2016
5 Udinese Feb. 7, 2016 Sep. 23, 2015
6 Genoa Feb. 14, 2016 Sep. 27, 2015
7 Napoli Oct. 4, 2015 Feb. 21, 2016
8 Torino Feb. 28, 2016 Oct. 18, 2015
9 Sassuolo Oct. 25, 2015 Mar. 6, 2016
10 Chievo Oct. 28, 2015 Mar. 13, 2016
11 Lazio Mar. 20, 2016 Nov. 1, 2015
12 Atalanta Nov. 11, 2015 Apr. 3, 2016
13 Juventus Apr. 10, 2016 Nov. 22, 2015
14 Sampdoria Nov. 29, 2015 Apr. 17, 2016
15 Carpi Apr. 20, 2016 Dec. 6, 2015
16 Hellas Verona Dec. 13, 2015 Apr. 24, 2016
17 Frosinone May 1, 2016 Dec. 20, 2015
18 Bologna Jan. 6, 2016 May 8, 2016
19 Roma May 15, 2016 Jan. 10, 2016

Dates remain subject to change due to scheduling conflicts or other issues.

The full fixture list is available here. Milanisti will surely notice that there are a lot of intriguing matches at the beginning and at the end of the schedule, especially for Milan. The Rossoneri will face a tough season opener in Florence, and only two weeks later, they'll meet Inter for the classic Derby della Madonnina. The second half of the season should be a bit easier for Milan, hypothetically, as they'll face the three clubs promoted from the Serie B (Carpi, Frosinone and Bologna). However, Juventus - at round 13 - and Roma - at round 20 - await, and that will make things challenging indeed.

Now that the fixture list has been unveiled, what are the expectations for the 2015/2016 season? Milan's president, Silvio Berlusconi, has finally opted to splash some cash in order to build a competitive team after a couple of disappointing - euphemistically - years. It's not urealistic to think that the Rossoneri could seriously contend for a European spot - maybe the biggest one - this season. The signings of Carlos Bacca, Luìz Adriano and Andrea Bertolacci are concrete examples that the club's expectations have returned to the old standards, and that's definitely something Milanisti should celebrate.