Albertini: “Milan’s problem is that every year they start from scratch, Pioli brings the experience of knowing how to handle negative moments”

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Demetrio Albertini at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on March 12, 2019. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Demetrio Albertini has given an interview about the situation of Milan, saying maintaining a ‘sense of belonging’ is key to being successful.

The international break will soon end and next Sunday will be the debut of Stefano Pioli as the coach of Milan, after he replaced the sacked Marco Giampaolo.

This season has been a nightmare for the Rossoneri so far, and Demetrio Albertini – who played at the club from 1988 to 2002, spoke to Tuttosport about the club.

“Ivan Gazidis said that Milan risked relegation to Serie D? It seemed to be like a stretch that I didn’t understand. Probably at a time of sporting difficulty, he wanted to move the spotlight on an economic consideration,” Albertini, who currently acts the FIGC Vice President, told the Turin-based newspaper.

Demetrio Albertini during the FIGC Sponsor Day at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on October 8, 2019 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

“Why did Giampaolo failed to impose his belief? From the outside, it’s always difficult to judge. The moment you take Giampaolo and you think you have a certain type of coach, then you have to give him time. And seven games are not enough to think about imposing a certain working method. But perhaps they found themselves facing a situation different than what they expected and decided to change.

“If this can be compared to what happened with Óscar Tabárez in 1996? No, because the problems must be put in content. What is certain is that when a coach leaves, in addition to displeasure, it’s also a defeat for everyone. Because when planning a route, you must do everything possible to follow it. Evidently, with Giampaolo, problems arose which were not expected, of which I am unaware, which forced Milan to change. The same can be said for the choice not to keep Gattuso at the end of the last season… to give answers we must be inside the situations, otherwise the topics are dealt with superficiality.

Stefano Pioli during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

“If Milan shouldn’t have focused also on experience in the summer mercato? You either have talent or you don’t, you can teach the culture of work, while the thing that you can’t buy is experience. If you only build a team of young players, the difficulty is in knowing how to manage moments of difficulty and only those who have already passed certain moments in their careers can help you.

“What can Pioli bring more than Giampaolo? Precisely this: the experience of knowing how to handle negative moments. Rather, I hope that the team will be able to quickly understand what the new coach can give, because the real problem today is the distance of points Milan have from the important areas of the standings.

Frederic Massara, Paolo Maldini, Stefano Pioli, Zvonimir Boban and Ivan Gazidis at Casa Milan on October 9, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

“If Maldini and Boban are guarantees to get out of this situation? I know them as players and as people, but a bit less as directors because they’re young too. But I know how much they work and what they care about Milan, then it’s up to them to find the right path to reach certain objectives. In sport, you are challenged every time, and the judgment is about the work you are doing and how to transmit it to the outside… we are talking about two people who everyone knows well that they love Milan, then we’ll see in the results how things will go.

“What objective can Milan actually reach this year? The problem with Milan is that every year they start from scratch and completely scrap everything they built the year before. A club like Milan cannot think of taking it one day at a time. They must always have an objective and aim for the top. Targeting a Champions League place is the bare minimum of what Milan ought to be doing. Winning it would be a dream, but I cannot think of a target other than a top four finish, at the cost of having to manage a moment of difficulty because you didn’t reach it.

Demetrio Albertini and Paolo Scaroni before Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on November 11, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

“Demolishing San Siro? From an emotional point of view, there’s sadness, but as a director I have a conviction that one’s own history shouldn’t be a perspective. San Siro is history, but today the fan needs something different. I’m neither an architect nor an engineer, but the stadium, as it is, cannot be a modern home for Milan and Inter. If you could, I’d have liked San Siro to be renovated.

“This is because the sense of belonging must be defended until death. I was lucky to have grown up at Milan and I also participated in the beginning of the Barcelona cycle, and I believe that every director has a duty to enhance the sense of belonging of his team. This has been the winning key to what Juventus have done in recent times: a club that has become modern while maintaining an incredible sense of belonging. It’s no coincidence that the project with many Italians. Milan should do the same and this goes beyond the directors who are there today: this is a peculiarity of the Latin countries – look at Real Madrid for example, where the fans grumble if Spanish players are not bought by the club.”

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Voice of reason! I have always liked him. If he was a manager, he would be a very wise one.

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@Rosoleo, yeah. When he eventually becomes a manager here, we the fans will still be the first to shout Albertini out!! That’s always our problem here, we praise players, coaches and directors when they are outside and curse them when they come into the Milan fold

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simple but serious question: why should albertini be milan coach/manager? is he even certified allenatore? i would be the first one (like always) to say hell no to albertini. see? this is the problem of les midtables; they think just because someone has ‘milan dna’ then its his birthright to coach milan. aint inzaghi, broccoli, seedorf and rino good enough examples of how appointing mediocre unproven coaches aint gonna work at all? get it straight, inter hates juve more than milan but they have no problems appointing conte, an ex-juve capitano AND allenatore as their coach, and look at the… Read more »

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Milan10 I want klopp toó but that ain’t happening anytime soon. So what’s your point? Its like saying Milan will win CL with Mane, Kane, Modric Messi and Cristiano. Obvious as F

We will not get any of the coaches or players you fap to. So give us all a break, we know Milan deserves better but its not a conformist mentality to support and be happy for the men who are improving our team.

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my point is albertini doesnt deserve to be milan coach. any incapable ex-milan players for that matter dont deserve to be milan coach. there are many good enough coaches around like spalletti or wenger, why should mikwn appoint yet another rookie with milan dna?
i never said anything about winning ucl with this team, let alone wanting klopp to leave lpool now to coach milan. why would he?
its not conformist mentality or even masochism to jerk off to clip of rino literally passing the ball to lazio player, its called being les midtables. thats low

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How frustrating that none of these legends or experts know what the problem is. It the likes of Biglia, Suso, Calhanoglu who are all are ineffectively central to the project. Of coach a mediocre coach who is not ANALYTICALLY CRITICAL like Gladiola, Klupp would never play any of those players esecially if they had been in the club for so long.

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Interesting, the trio almost lead us to CL but this season they are useless. And of course Guardiola and Kloop wouldn’t use them as they won’t bench a Salah, De Bruyne. So what is your point?

Not even 30ml of acid could make me imagine those coaches interested in our “Death Trap For Coaches” so, we should all accept that Milan won’t do any better if results don’t come, ironically we are stuck with our players and our only hope to land someone better is to sacrifice our stars. Donnarumma for example.

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@Mavac yeah, you and some smart fans here are the only ones who seems to know that our problem in Milan are some average mediocre players that we have. Good coaches of the game, directors and football experts don’t seem to know this simple truth, they don’t even know the problem of Milan. We should probably make you the next Director of Sports in Milan.

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if we’re being completely honest and objective, there are some quality players in milan squad like rebic, leao, bennacer, donna, romag, paqueta, piatek, suso, theo, bonad10nho, kessie and musa on their good days, also cutrone and silva but ur fav coach giamfanculo chose to sell cutrone AND silva and bench leao, paqueta, bennacer. so yeah, its the coach’s fault not the quality of the players because if we’re being honest, this squad is at least on par with roma, slightly below napoli and inter, better than lazio and atalanta. in short, cut the “milan has garbage players” crap. it aint… Read more »

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What objective can Milan actually reach this year? The problem with Milan is that every year they start from scratch and completely scrap everything they built the year before.” Seedorf’s Milan had desire, and found consistency but 2/3 of the squad weren’t worthy of the shirt and that was a problem for Berlusconi who didn’t want to spend. Miha’s Milan was very organised I liked how they played even though there wasn’t too many ideas to break opposition rather than brute force. Then Berlusconi said it was the worst Milan he had ever seen. Montella’s Milan could do something right,… Read more »

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Baresis Dream

Every year is year zero. Yeah, we hear you. Loud and clear.

Nana Kwabena Darko
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One of our key problems is that some of the coaches we have had in the past three years don’t have the balls to keep faith in talents. How can Biglia be Central to any key project now? It’s just like saying you will pick Borini ahead of Leao or Rebic. Those so called “experienced” players haven’t proved any real deal in our jersey. Someone like Leao has the urge to want to achieve something; we need to take advantage of that. We must play Bennacer and Paqueta in our midfield with Kessie or Krunic alongside in a 4-3-3 formation,… Read more »