Paolo Maldini spoke to MilanTV at this time to offer his outlook on a number of subjects.
Milan are within the midst of a coaching camp in Dubai, as they’re preparing for the second a part of the season.
After watching Theo Hernández and Olivier Giroud lead France to the World Cup last final night time, and sooner or later earlier than the pleasant in opposition to Liverpool, Milan Technical Director Paolo Maldini sat down for an interview with the membership’s TV community.
“The crew is doing nicely,” Paolo informed MilanTV. “We’re in preparations and our purpose is to be prepared for the 4th of January after we can have a busy schedule. We’ll do our utmost to repeat the primary a part of the season which led us as much as the World Cup.”
On the coaching in Dubai and the season objectives: “The warmth of Dubai helps for the injured gamers to recuperate. The circumstances are concept even for double coaching periods which we don’t so typically have at Milanello. However that’s what it’s all about proper now: work, sacrifice and togetherness. After a number of days aside we’ve reunited and set our objectives for the season. We nonetheless have some injured gamers and hope to get everybody match once more for January. Milan should be a protagonist within the 4 competitions we’re concerned in. The following six months will probably be very intense however we now have to method issues in good Milan model. We at all times need to win and it’s no secret that the Champions League is our major purpose however on the similar time it’s additionally essentially the most troublesome to realize. However we now have to assume step-by-step. The sport in opposition to Tottenham takes place solely in February however will undeniably set the tone for the rest of our Champions League marketing campaign.”
On the Milan gamers throughout the World Cup: “Rafa is the one World Cup participant I’ve been in contact with, additionally since you by no means know what the plans of the worldwide groups are, nor their habits, so I’ll allow them to savor an unbelievable second just like the participation at a World Cup, which is a improbable alternative for an expert participant. However when the time is ripe we are going to see one another once more.”
On the World Cup Milan gamers are having: “Rafa performed his half, scoring 2 objectives at a World Cup is not any imply feat. Sadly he didn’t play loads but it surely was an enriching expertise at a excessive stage for him. As for Theo and Olivier, they’ve been pivotal for France from the outset. And we take a whole lot of pleasure in the truth that they’ve reached the World Cup last, all whereas being common starters.”
On Theo: “Theo’s rise is simply all the way down to him, to not others. The begin to his profession had been dazzling earlier than he misplaced his means a bit. He then took a pay reduce to hitch Milan in a bid to kick-start his profession. His burst onto the scene displays the participant he’s. Theo nonetheless has a whole lot of enchancment however is one in every of a form.”
On his 2022: “Once we received the Scudetto in opposition to Sassuolo, a three-year interval got here full circle. Our challenge again in 2019 was well-defined and it didn’t embody successful the league, however the return to being a aggressive facet once more. That’s what’s engraved in my thoughts, however we’re Milan and we are able to’t be complacent after successful the Scudetto. We should be much more bold.”
On the extension of the sponsorship cope with Emirates: “Soccer is a enterprise and the economical facet is indispensable if you wish to be aggressive. For some membership having a sure kind of revenues interprets mathematically to having success. If we need to maintain our personal on the highest stage, our revenues must match. Emirates has been our sponsor for 15 years and we’re now used to this collaboration and we’re very pleased to be right here, to begin with, and that we renewed phrases for a number of extra years.”