Paolo Scaroni spoke about a variety of topics as he was a guest on an event.
Milan just finished this week their best season in many years, ending the campaign in second place in the league and finally qualifying for the CL.
Despite the difficulties, it has been a very positive season for the Diavolo, who will now be building a team to compete for Top 4 once again next season.
Yesterday Milan President, Paolo Scaroni, was a guest on “Lo Sport Che Verrà” of Il Foglio Sportivo and he spoke about several things, as reported by Milannews.it:
On how the last week has gone: “I had a week of great happiness and joy. But just as we didn’t get down in difficult days, we don’t get excited when things go too well. This is Milan’s style and also mine.”
On the qualification for the Champions League for both the Men and Women Milan teams: “It was not in the plans. We are particularly happy with our Women’s team, this is the first time they’ve qualified for the Champions League. We are excited for the qualification of the Men’s team which returns to the Champions League after years of absence. We had prudently budgeted for sixth place, for the Europa League. But we managed to do better and we are really happy.”
On the fact that the end of the first round Milan were Winter Champions and if he understood that the objective could be the Champions League: “When we were Winter Champions, I realized we could push our hearts a little further. We lived through difficult moments but always full of confidence in our team, in our management and in our club that put everything into it.”
On the victory at the Juventus Stadium: “An important victory, but I don’t want to give importance to a single match, the important thing is to continue to work in the same way. Pioli’s Milan has shown that they know how to construct a team in which an entertaining game is played, which is made up of young players and in which everyone is useful and no one is truly indispensable. This has seemed to me to be the real secret of Pioli’s recipe, naturally built together with Paolo Maldini.”
On who is the poster boy of this Milan: “The poster is the whole team put together… there have been many authors: Maldini, Pioli, Gazidis – who is the one to whom we owe this team of youngsters. It’s a team pf people all working for the same objective. This is more important in football than in any other profession.”
On the difference in performance between home and away matches: “I don’t have a rational explanation. I look at the overall figure: 13 points more than last year. This is what counts in the end, especially in the era of empty stadiums.”
On the losses due to COVID-19: “Just today we had a meeting of the Milan Board and we looked at the result as of March 31. The closed stadiums were a hard blow but we had better results than last year. We were able to recover despite the hard hit from the pandemic.”
On his rapports with agents and lawyers: “I have little experience in that, I leave this task to Maldini and Massara. I’ve never met one.”
On the Lega Serie A council “In my life I’ve participated in hundreds of councils and assemblies. The Lega council has within it very different teams with different objectives and budgets. The Lega council is the place where all these needs must find an arrangement in the name of common interest. It’s not easy, it can feel like an eventful assembly. However, debate is necessary in order to reach a compromise. What some may call a quarrel, I call the search for compromise.”
On the Super League project: “That project is buried. What is not dead is the fact that the big European clubs lose a lot of money and this cannot continue. It may be cause of COVID, it may be because of too many excesses… it is certain that having the big European clubs at a loss remains a problem we have, we must face it all together looking at the revenues to offer the fans more attractive shows. We must intervene on costs, from this comes the survival of football. If the Super League project is dead, then the reasons for which this project was conceived are still there.”
On cutting salaries: “It’s a terrain on which reflections can be made at a European level with UEFA and involve a bit of everyone. These are issues that have already been dealt with in the United States and could become an element of discussion here too.”
On salary caps: “In some ways, Financial Fair Play was built for the same reasons. A well-controlled and well-audited FFP can be a solution. FFP has given benefits to the world of football, top clubs in Europa have reduced their losses with this FFP.”
On Donnarumma: “I don’t think Milan want to give lessons to anyone… Milan try to do their job and we are attentive to our income statement. I can’t add on Maldini’s words from yesterday – his position is my own.”
On Maldini: “We all have to learn and improve. Paolo is becoming more and more of an international director and he’s doing it very well.”
On a new Stadium in Milano: “From what I’ve read, Inter’s problems are behind them. I am convinced that we need a new stadium, Milano needs it. We cannot return to the top with the old San Siro. I think that the Mayor and the City Council share this project, we absolutely have to accelerate. My great hope is always that the inauguration of the Olympics in 2026 can be done in the new stadium that we are going to build.”
On if we have to wait for elections in Milano for the new stadium to go on: “I don’t have the impression that the stadium is an election campaign issue. If Mayor Sala was against it he could have said it also before. As far as the opposition is concerned, I don’t see much. Many realize that San Siro is obsolete for our era and then I believe that all of us Milanese want to make a great project with a great investment that can relaunch our city, which has gone through more than one extremely difficult year.”
On the TV broadcast that will change next season and if the Italian facilities are up to it: “This issue has certainly been brought to the attention of the Lega bodies. It has been seen and reviewed in a thousand ways. We feel reassured by what has been guaranteed to us by technicians and experts.”
On the fans in the stadiums: “Going to the stadium and seeing Milan is an empty San Siro made me said, I went by force. It was a very bad experience.”
On the dream for next season: “It is to be in the Champions League again, let’s hope it happens.”