Dejan Savićević believes Milan play better than Inter but can’t pick a winner for the Derby, and claims there’s ‘fantasia’ on the pitch thanks to Suso.
Il Genio has been acting as the President of the Montenegrin Football Association (FSCG) since 2004 but is still keeping a close eye on Milan, where he played from 1992 to 1998, winning 7 trophies.
Savićević was in Milano yesterday and he spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport and il Correire dello Sport ahead of the Derby della Madonnina which takes place after the international break, on October 21.
“We’ll see what happens in this derby, I like this Milan,” the 52-year-old said. “Why? They play good football and are growing: Higuain has started scoring and dragging [the team], Suso produces the assists, there’s a good understanding.
“The last games have convinced me, they will come to the challenge with Inter in great shape, and Milan play better than the Nerazzurri. If Milan are the favorites? The derby is imponderable, as always, anything can happen. Look at Inter, they have surprised me. Spalletti is a great coach but he started with a crisis of results and play. Then, he got back on his feet, against SPAL his men were clinical, they got lucky on that penalty and with two shots they won.
“If it’s better to have Icardi or Higuain? They are two different types of strikers. I prefer El Pipita because he scores but also participates in the game, he assists his teammates and improves the whole group. Icardi is an extraordinary finisher but it is the team that has to put itself at his service.
“If there’s enough ‘fantasia’ in today’s Milan? Of course, yes. When you have someone like Suso on the field, the ball moves very well. Some compare the left of Suso to that of mine? All of us left-footed players appear a bit alike. Surely Suso is a complete footballer, he has everything to become a great.
“How heavy is the #10 shirt seeing as Çalhanoğlu is struggling a bit? For me it wasn’t so much. When I started playing I didn’t think about it anymore. It’s the pressure that can put you in trouble but from the outside I can’t explain what the reasons are for his moment. Hakan has quality and he will grow. At this moment, however, Milan are going through the right side with Suso, but also Franck Kessié. They are the men who can resolve [games] with Higuain, Giacomo Bonaventura too.
“This Milan has conceded in 13 straight games while it was almost impossible to score against my Milan? It was a different football than today and above all we had a different defense, perhaps the strongest in football history. There was Tassotti and Panucci, Baresi, Costacurta and Maldini were phenomenal. If in front of them Rijkaard, Ancelotti, Boban or Albertini played it didn’t change much.
“Gattuso? He is working well, but for a coach the results are important. Working is my thing but in the end it is the victories that determine. What effect does having Leonardo and Maldini at the top of the club have? I’m pleased with it. With little time available, Leo brought a Champion like Gonzalo, compared to last year when they signed Kalinić and André Silva who were not players ‘da Milan’.
“And now I hope Leonardo finds in Brazil the new Kaká, Thiago Silva or Pato, like he did in his first experiences as a director. It takes intelligence, you have to get good players and not spend a lot. If I have Montenegrins to suggest? For now, no, but if it happens then I’ll willingly call Milan.
“Juventus signed Ronaldo? They will win the Scudetto. They would finish first even without CR7. Now that he has been unlocked and started to score, everything will be easier. Berlusconi bought Monza? It intrigues me a lot, especially what he has in mind for the players: no tattoos, straight hair, etc…”