Ronaldinho wants Milan to beat Inter, says more time should be given to Montella but believes a Carlo Ancelotti Rossoneri return would be a positive.
Next Sunday Milan will “visit” Stadio San Siro to play Inter and it will be a very important match for the Rossoneri who will try to finally win a big game this season and put the back-to-back Serie A defeats to Sampdoria and Roma behind.
Ronaldinho, who played for the Diavolo from 2008 to 2011, arrived in Italy this week with his girlfriend Fernanda and his brother / lawyer Roberto de Assis for reasons related to his new wine venture, and he gave an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport ahead of the Derby, which he won for Milan with a goal in 2008.
“If I thought about attending the Inter-Milan derby? I will not be there because I have to go back to Brazil,” Dinho told the pink newspaper. “Obviously, I follow everything about Italian football and I’m very knowledgeable of Milan. Being a Rossoneri fan, I would very much like to win this derby. Who can unlock the challenge? I’m not interested in that. What counts is beating Inter, not who scores.
“If I expected the Milanese clubs to end up Chinese? At my time of experience at Milan, who would have imagined that Silvio Berlusconi and Moratti would leave their loves? No, it was not foreseeable. But it’s like that, it is the evolution of football which is becoming more and more a business.
“If Milan is missing a President like Berlusconi [he sold the club in April after 30 years in charge]? A lot. He considered the club and the team as his family. He knew how to convey his passion, competence and strength. I’ll always stay linked to an extraordinary figure like Berlusconi.
“If Vincenzo Montella is at risk after this start? When you change so much, we should leave the coach the time needed that it takes to build a group in order to go ahead with the tactical project. Montella, however, knows that in certain places, and in particular in a club like Milan which made the history of football, little time is allowed. I hope the results will arrive, perhaps a derby victory.
“If Ancelotti could be the right solution for the future of Milan? With Guardiola, Carlo is one of the best tacticians in the world. It is clear that if the Rossoneri club decided to make a change on the bench, then in perspective the return of Ancelotti would be a hit. He knows the environment and he is loved by all, especially by his players [Carletto played for Milan and trained them from 2001 to ’08].
“If it’s surprising that Ancelotti’s sacking at Bayern came from tension in the locker room with some veterans [the players apparently felt that his training sessions weren’t good enough]? I don’t believe it. Carlo is number one also for his ability to create a genuine, strong relationship with his players.
“Who is readier to fight for Champions League qualification between Milan and Inter [the Nerazzurri have 19 points from 21]? After the market revolution, the Rossoneri would have to do a lot to reach this goal. Who knows, maybe it would be easier next season. Never say never, though. Perhaps both Milan and Inter will fight for the Scudetto with Juventus, Napoli and Roma already this year.
“If Cutrone can really become a top player [Patrick will today play for the U21 in a friendly against Morocco at 18:30 CET]? He is growing fast, he has important shots and a nose for goals. For me, he has the qualities and the personality to have a great career. Given his age, he can only improve.
“If the sale of Neymar from Barcelona to PSG was financially exaggerated? It’s the law of the market. For him it will be fundamental to drag Brazil in the next World Cup. For PSG, for the environment of Parisian football, it will count as much as for Neymar what he’ll be able to do with the national team.
“A toast? To the health of all sport enthusiasts, the victories of Milan and the happiness of Rossoneri fans!” concluded Ronaldinho, who in his prime could’ve probably secured Milan the win on Sunday.