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After a seven-year absence, AC Milan have finally returned to the Champions League, under the guidance of manager Stefano Pioli.
The playing staff Milan have at their disposal has drastically changed since their last stint in the most prestigious tournament in club football, with the likes of Kaka, Mario Balotelli, Keisuke Honda and Nigel de Jong all long gone and replaced with talent such as Fikayo Tomori, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The current crop of Rossoneri talent have reached an impressive 79 points over the course of the gruelling, condensed Serie A season, which was enough to see them finish in second place, though they were 12 points adrift from fierce rivals Inter, who ended nine years of Juventus dominance to win their first title since Jose Mourinho was at the club.
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With the race for the coveted top four positions coming down to the final day of the season ensuring plenty of nerves, but morale was high among the AC Milan camp come the end of the evening.
A Franck Kessie brace, both spot-kicks, were enough to secure a vital away victory over Atalanta, confirming Milan's status as a Champions League club next season.
The result sparked wild celebrations in the dressing room, but once the champagne had stopped being sprayed the players opted for a hilarious video to update fans on how they were feeling.
A number of the stars of the squad lined up for a video uploaded to Diogo Dalot's social media profile, which showed the players imitating the traditional pre-match routine before a Champions League tie.
With the camera moving slowly, passing the faces of the players as the famous Champions League anthem blared out in the background, it was clear to see the excitement of returning to top-tier European football next season was coursing through the veins of each and every one of them.
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