Marco Giampaolo has said that he wants to create ‘an intellectual relationship’ with his players and complimented the Milanello groundsman.
Giampaolo was presented to the press yesterday at Casa Milan (read his declarations here) and today (Tuesday) he met his new players for the first time as pre-season began at Milanello.
Over 4000 fans came to the training ground to see the first session of Marco’s Milan; the new coach gave an interview to MilanTV earlier.
“There are many of Milan fans, millions of them. Milan are one of the best-supported teams in the world. Here I can feel the history of the club, what it means to win, the ambitions they have. I already knew what to expect in terms of ambitions and aspirations: now I see it first-hand, and it is right that it’s like that.
“My way of doing things? I believe you have to be yourself. Never play a part that doesn’t belong to you or isn’t derived from your way of being, thinking and acting. I always think about working to improve. I don’t talk much but I try to create an intellectual relationship with my players. I fall in love with my players, I always try to get those who have gone off the rails back on track: it’s the players who make the difference. I love hard workers and those who remain silent. We can also communicate with attitudes and not words: I’m like that.
“I’ve never lost a derby at Sampdoria? It’s always a different game to the others. For me, it was like that in Genoa and I was lucky to never lose. I know what the derby means for the fans, I know that winning matches like these is very important for the fans: to win them, you have to play football. The derby brings great pressure. I’ve sometimes taken the team in ritiro before derbies so as not to have negative influences on the players.
“My staff? They are crucial. I collaborate with 10-12 people, working hard from morning to night. Nowadays the players are followed every day, we always try to make them perform better. I care a lot about the psycho-physical state of my players, I have great faith in my staff.
“The project? I love and fall in love with my players. Yesterday I was asked about Dennis Praet, who I admire and respect a lot, but now I’m at Milan and we’ll all make the right assessments together, to build a team as competitive as possible.
“Milanello? It is an extraordinary place, I wanted to get to know the groundsman immediately because the field is very important for me. Here, I have the best place to train. I’d never seen it before. It’s an extraordinary place to work.”