Paolo Maldini spoke to the press on Tuesday evening, discussing the mercato and last night’s win.
Yesterday Maldini was at Stadio San Siro to watch his Milan side beat Bologna 2-0 on the opening Matchday of the season, with two Zlatan Ibrahimović goals.
Today, Paolo was given the Premio Azeglio Vicini and he spoke to Tuttomercatoweb on the sidelines:
“The award means a lot to me. Vicini was one of the coaches who believed in me right from the start, he called me up to the Under 21 team when I was 17, in a very strong team. I didn’t play but I was part of the team that then made the 1988 EUROs in Germany and then there was the experience of 1990, an exciting ride.
“The victory over Bologna? We are well, we confirmed what we did until a month and a half ago. We have some injuries but this has not affected our post-lockdown spirit. I must say that this team always has a great conviction of being able to get the desired results.
“Nastasić and the need for a defender? Right now we have some problems with Musacchio who was operated and out for two weeks and Romagnoli out for a month and Duarte who had been out for a while. We are seeing what to do, this is a team that is already very balanced in the number of players and also in terms of positions, having two players per position. If we can improve the team then we will. Nastasić? In theory we like all good players. Then, we have to see if they are compatible with what our budget is.
“Calabria? I have a high opinion of him, I’ve known him since he was playing with my son Christian. I know very well where he can go.
“Ibrahimović’s secret? Simple, he’s strong and he has desire.
“The Scudetto fight? Juventus are naturally favorite but Inter seem to have reduced the gap. I must say that Napoli also have a very strong and very technical structure.
“The first game of the league? It was a pleasant surprise to have a 1000 people inside the stadium. Certainly a 1000 in a capacity of 78,000 is not much for us but it is already something. It seems that from October 7 onward we’ll be able to have a greater percentage of attendance. We’ll see what will happen.”