Bierhoff: “Patience is needed at Milan, I believe in Maldini and Boban, Rebić? His speed and technique can help”

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Oliver Bierhoff during the DFB Academy Innovation Prize at the Health Innovation Port on the Philips Campus on September 03, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller/Getty Images for DFB)

Oliver Bierhoff gave his view on the situation of Milan, saying Piątek ‘must unlock himself psychologically’.

Milan started a new technical project over the summer, with Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban in management, and Marco Giampaolo on the bench.

The season started with a defeat and a loss and now, during the international break, it’s time for some early reflections. Former Milan forward Oliver Bierhoff and current Germany Football Association Technical Director, Oliver Bierhoff, spoke to Sportmediaset about the Diavolo:

“Patience is needed. Even if you have interesting players, you need to give them time to grow. The Champions League must be an objective but you must also look at other teams that have more experienced players. It’s more important to see the team grow. I believe in Paolo and Zvone.

“Piątek’s crisis [the striker has not scored a goal since changing his jersey number to 9]? Forwards like him must unlock themselves psychologically, without looking for the reason why they don’t score. Often there’s a moment when you can unlock yourself. Then, it’s clear that there are formations that give you less chances of scoring. But he’s a player who’s proved he can score.

“Rebić [the Croatian joined Milan on a two-year loan from Eintracht Frankfurt]? He’s very good, very strong, and he’s had some good seasons in Germany. His speed and technique can help.”

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I agree with Bierhoff about having patience but my issue with Milan management is that I cannot make sense of our summer mercato. why sign a unproven Leao for nearly 30m when Memphis Depay is worth the same price and would provide more guarantees for our attack? Now we are benching a 30m dollar player for Castellijo? Unbelievable. Castellijo would have never started ahead of Depay. Smh Why keep Biglia instead of taking Bakayoko back on another season and pay his fee in installments? Bennacer and Bakayoko gives us more options and guarantees than an injury prone high salary useless… Read more »

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The kind of questions you’re asking shows how little you know about transfers and team budgets. Depay may have been around the same value as Leao but he would have probably demanded 4 mil in wages. Same is the case with Bakayoko (3-4 mil) and James (7-8 mil). Add these and then multiply by the number of years in their contracts and you’ll have a bankrupt Milan once again! Our squad doesn’t need to be better than Inter or Napoli on paper. Even mediocre players win titles as a team (Leicester). Atleast they were considered that way before the title.… Read more »

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My feedback following Prato Memphis Depay – on top of high wages really bad attitude who can easily dis-respect any coach hence where he is. MUFC are world wide club who work off professionalisms it’s part of their identity. Its not good for a big team like AC to own a player like him. Bakayoko – Lacks masses of intelligence in the mid-field. He can drive forward with skill and hse his strength but tacticians require players with high IQ, versatility, craft, leadership and much more. Oh nearly forgot this man is another who dis-respects his coaches and throws paddys.… Read more »

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I watched Lyon all of last season and Memphis Depay is nowhere near Balotelli attitude and my signed him twice.

His attitude is professional and acts like a leader. Especially during difficult games for club and country. We don’t have any player like that in our squad not even Romagnoli.

Our transfer strategy was poor. Players like Memphis Depay is more of a leader on the pitch than Suso.

nick
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How do you know what salary Memphis Depay, Bakayoko and James Rodriguez is demanding? Are you their agent?

You are making ludicrous assumptions based on emotions and not facts. Smh

Prato
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Lol what kind of a stupid question is that? Clubs post their roster wages every year. Right now James is taking home a whopping 15 mil per year! I just mentioned 7-8 mil because there were rumours that he’ll have to hake a huge pay cut if he’s transferred.

You should atleast read a little bit on the internet. The internet is a free space and you get lots of information there (sense the sarcasm if you can).

Martin Bernhard
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Nick bakayoko actually earns 6 mil at Chelsea so regardless of what he would earn at milan its safe to say he wouldnt come cheap as he propably wouldnt cut his wages too much

Raven
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@Prato you have some valid points but you surely bought that smoke from Gazidis.

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You are right on money Nick. We won’t get anywhere with this stingy management and clueless unproven coach…

Prato
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Nick might be right on money for you but try to understand that we wanting players to join is one part of the transfer. 2nd part – An agreement on player’s wages which Milan cannot be too generous with right now. 3rd part – Players also actually wanting to join a club which has not even qualified for any kind of European competition in the past years. 4th part – Players and their agents also see whether the club is constantly increasing player’s values by good gameplay or not. No agent would want to send his client to a club… Read more »

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For once another Milan fan that agrees with me .why chase Correa when they new athletico wanted Milan to pay for rodrigo for them near to the 60m. Rodriguez from real would have been perfect. Pure class.why oh why don’t Milan get rid of dead wood at the beginning of transfer window. But they hang on to them every year until their contract runs out.he plays 4312 .so why have we still got 3 wingers in the squad castillejo borini and greedy suso .Rodriguez has more than them all put together

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U are right

Raven
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Finally you set your fanatism aside. Agree with all you’ve said. I might add, its up to the management to give the team its identity and give the coach tools to work with. This summer was a big sale of smoke where Giampaolo seemed to demand this and that. Theo might attack very good but RR is solid, Leao might be good but he will rot in bench, and Benaccer will take a lot time to settle. At our current situation the management should’ve taken no gambles like Theo,Duarte,Leap and hire men proven in serie A. The one thing they… Read more »

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I watched Lyon all of last season and Memphis Depay is nowhere near Balotelli attitude and my signed him twice.

His attitude is professional and acts like a leader. Especially during difficult games for club and country. We don’t have any player like that in our squad not even Romagnoli.

Our transfer strategy was poor. Players like Memphis Depay is more of a leader on the pitch than Suso