Paolo Maldini says Rino Gattuso hasn’t changed much compared to when he was a player, called Pipita Higuain a top striker and said playing at the Bernabéu is a good experience for the players.
Milan lost 3-1 to Real Madrid yesterday on their final pre-season match but there were some positives in this match and the team seems to be in decent condition ahead of the Serie A opener versus Genoa.
While Leonardo was in Milano working on the transfer market, Sporting Strategy & Development Director Paolo Maldini was with the team in Madrid and watched from the stands, before presenting Los Blancos with the Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu at the end of the match.
“It was a tough game, this trophy is very important for Real Madrid,” Maldini told MilanTV. “We played in a quality atmosphere and we did very well. Playing Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu is surely strong and important to grow and improve: I am happy with how the team played, less with the result. We can’t compare ourselves to Real Madrid, it is appealing but it’s unreal, we need to know our limits. Now, after a few days of rest we’ll start preparing for the league.
“Higuain and Caldara? They did really well. Gonzalo had a great game, a great game not of not only being in search of goals, but also being in support of the team. He was very clear headed, he’s a top striker. Sergio Ramos gave me the ‘I take my hat off to you’ gesture when I gave him the trophy? Ramos has always said I am his idol, surely he’s currently the strongest center-back in the world.
“Gattuso? He hasn’t changed that much from when he was playing, he’s more responsible because you need to be when coaching but he still has the same character.”