Caldara: “Gattuso is very demanding, our relationship is positive, getting used to a four-man defense isn’t easy”

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Mattia Caldara during the Portugal-Italy UEFA Nations League A match at Estádio da Luz on September 10, 2018. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Mattia Caldara during the Portugal-Italy UEFA Nations League A match at Estádio da Luz on September 10, 2018. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Mattia Caldara is not surprised he hasn’t been used at Milan yet, as he’s getting used to concepts ‘completely different’ from what he knew at Atalanta.

Milan fans got a first glimpse of what the Alessio Romagnoli-Mattia Caldara partnership will look like as the two played together for Italy in the Azzurri’s 1-0 defeat to Portugal earlier this week.

Caldara arrived from Juventus in exchange for Leonardo Bonucci in the summer but was not used in the first two games of the season as Mateo Musacchio was preferred over him. Mattia is waiting for his chance, and claims he understands the reasons why his debut is being delayed.

“Returning to Milanello after being with the national team? Certainly being in La Nazionale is always a source of pride, playing in Europe against international players makes you understand that there are players who are used to a different intensity to that of Italian Calcio, which is more tactical. So, therefore, it’s important for my football baggage,” the center back told Sportmediaset.

“My responsibility in the goal Italy conceded against Portugal? When you concede a goal, the responsibility is of the defense. We have to improve a lot on the defensive level but also on the team level. To improve, you need to be aware of your mistakes and then start again from not committing them anymore.

Mattia Caldara during the official Italy portrait session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on September 4, 2018. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Mattia Caldara during the official Italy portrait session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on September 4, 2018. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

“I haven’t made my Milan debut yet? I don’t find anything strange there. It’s not easy getting used to playing in a four-man defense, with concepts that the coach wants that are completely different from those I used in Bergamo. I’ve been a month at Milanello and I understand what the coach wants. In every training session I try to put in something more than what I’m asked and I hope to be ready as soon as possible.

“The most difficult new aspect to learn? Certainly playing in four at the back there are fewer anticipations, it’s more work on the department, and you can never break the line. I have to understand when it’s time to break it and when it’s needed to instead continue in the line together to whether send the striker offside or not.

Mattia Caldara and Mattia Calabria during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)
Mattia Caldara and Mattia Calabria during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

“Space for young players? I come from a team with whom many young players played under Gasperini. We need courage but also the awareness whether the young players are ready because there is a risk of burning them as well. The right mix needs to be found, understand when they are ready and have the courage to launch them.

“The courage of Gattuso to launch me? I hope so, I’m here for this. The coach is very direct with me, he often speaks to me, and he tells me what he wants me to do. The relationship is very positive and the dialogue helps the player a lot. I’m working hard, he’s very demanding, and I’ll have to improve every day.

“The difference between Gattuso and Mancini? In Nazionale the difference is the short time. Mancini has made us understand what he wanted even if we played two games. From this point of view, it’s not easy. He made us understand that he wants a very ‘short’ team that covers the zone of the ball. So, I think it was a positive experience for me because I learned from him too.

Mattia Caladara's shirt before Real Madrid-Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on August 11, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Mattia Caladara’s shirt before Real Madrid-Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on August 11, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

“Cagliari? We must give continuity to the results if we want to stay high in the standings. We have to get a win away from home because they are the ones that bring you to the top at the end of the season. So, already starting from Cagliari we have to start thinking that we have to win because to stay on top is essential to win away from home, even if it will not be easy because Cagliari is a great team. They showed it in Bergamo, where they played with a lot of personality and so we’ll find a tough game.

“The Champions League? It’s surely our goal is stay as high as possible in the standings. We will try in every way to reach our objective.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. just a consistent strong performance is what we hope for.. FORZA MILAN

    I just hope u won’t be too clumsy on your debuts, but hoping to see a Milan back line conceding less goals this season.

     
  2. Even Romagnoli had an average debut and grew quick over time because Miha helped him develop with trust and confidence.

    I loved Caldara at Atalanta and the day i read that Juve bought him, i was mad. His growth is in Gatuso’s hand and obviously he was been cautiously helping him to understand and develop in a new system in a big club. He will make mistakes in the start like every new player, we need to be patient and am sure Romagnoli will help him too.

    I strongly believe Caldara will come great.

     
  3. Cagliari is not as strong as Roma and Napoli. Please finish the game earlier and give Caldara and Callejon a chance.

     

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