Italian football clubs have made a remarkable comeback in the Champions League, with three Italian teams reaching the quarter-finals this season. This achievement comes after a long period of decline in Italian football, which used to be a part of the European elite. Italian football clubs were once able to attract star names due to their economic power, but the arrival of billionaire owners across Europe changed the balance of power and the way clubs do business. However, things have started to change recently, with seven Serie A clubs now belonging to foreign owners, and Italian clubs like Napoli have shown that steady growth through planning and the power of ideas can lead to success.
Italian clubs have made a surprising comeback in the Champions League this season, with three teams - AC Milan, Napoli, and Inter - making it to the quarter-finals. This is a stark contrast to recent years, where Italian teams have fallen behind due to the arrival of billionaire owners in other leagues. Italian clubs' traditional approach to business, rooted in local interests, failed to keep up with the global resources and methodologies of foreign investors. However, seven Serie A clubs, including Milan and Inter, now belong to foreign owners, and this has led to more planning and growth. Napoli, in particular, has seen steady growth in recent years and a decrease in the total payroll by 30-35% while still signing promising players. Their success has come from planning and the power of ideas, instead of buying overpriced replacements.