Paolo Scaroni spoke on Quarta Repubblica, discussing issues related the stadium and the goals of the Rossoneri.
The season of Milan started on a positive note with 3 wins and 1 draw in Serie A, and a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in the Group Stage of the Champions League.
The Rossoneri President Paolo Scaroni was a guest of Mediaset’s Quarta Repubblica last night and he discussed several issues, as reported by sportmediaset.it and Milannews.it:
On the objectives of Milan: “I’m a business man so I don’t have any hopes or illusions. I budget – in our budget we expect Milan to arrive at least 4th, in the Champions League zone. This is our objective. Then of course, we are very happy with everything more.”
On the issue of stadiums: “I want the stadiums to be filled 100% or at least 75% because for us it’s a significant economic loss. I’m confident that the government will accept our cry of pain and that it will accept the idea of having stadiums that are fuller than they are today. In England they are 100% full, in Austria they are 100% full, in France they are 100% full, and in Spain they are 100% full, so we have examples that we have to follow.”
On the future of San Siro: “We, as Milan, certainly need a new stadium, but all of Italian football needs modern stadiums. When the stadium is modern, occupancy increases by 50%, that is, spectators increase by 50% because in a modern, well-equipped stadium, whole families go, they spend half a day there and not just the time of the match. Therefore, the teams with which Milan competes, like Liverpool, against whom we played a match last week, receive €100m a year from the stadium; we collect €35m. How can we hope to have results with such an increase statement this insufficient?”
On the reasons that led him to become President of a football team: “I was President of Vicenza Calcio. I have a football background not as a player, because I was very mediocre, but as a director, and I must say that what amuses me and also gives me a lot of anxiety. Every time I go to see a Milan match I’m really anxious. But it’s a price you pay to have fun, there is nothing that comes to you free in life. Anxiety every match, like on Sunday, is rewarded by some positive result.”
On Ibrahimović: “I expect him to be back in the next Champions League game.”