Coach Paolo Maldini believes there are still plenty of areas in which Milan can improve, as the team’s back-to-back league defeats showed.
After back-to-back league defeats against Fiorentina and Sassuolo – which came with a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League at the Wanda Metropolitano – the Rossoneri are making a trip about 100 miles south to face Rosoblu Andriy Shevchenko.
Maldini will not be pleased with the recent losses in the league given his status as the best defender of all time as the Rossoneri left seven goals in both games, the first time they have conceded that number in successive matches in more than 23 years.
Maldini spoke to Sky Italia ahead of tonight’s game against Genoa in Marassi and discussed a number of different topics, with his comments transcribed onto the Milan News website.
On the meeting between Shevchenko and Tasuti: “He called me yesterday and asked ‘What do you want?'” “. He wanted us to see each other before the match. We met before the warm-up period, I saw him and Mauro and it’s great to see them on the other side. They are a piece of Milan.”
In the match and the emotions it will evoke: I don’t consider myself a cold person. For Shevchenko, it will undoubtedly be a special match for all that Milan meant for him. As for us, we went from being unbeaten to two consecutive league defeats punctuated by the Madrid game, which gave us hope in the Champions League but took a lot from us physically.”
On what he told the team: “I don’t speak to the team if there is no need, what the coach said remains in the dressing room. We have splits like everyone else but we have to start over. There were no easy games in Genoa but we are strong. We have to start with the right header and try to come back to Focus as we were.”
On the area of team improvement: “There are a lot of margins for improvement being a young team. Managing emotions is something you learn by experience. The players are young. You also need to know how to manage your body better by playing every three days. We know we have taken many steps forward but we cannot be satisfied. Because we have to be worthy of the history of this club.”
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