Scaroni: “It’s an incredible delight for me and for all fans who’ve waited for this joy, Pioli the poster-boy of Milan”

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Paolo Scaroni talking to MilanTV after winning the Scudetto at the end of Sassuolo-Milan at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore on May 22, 2022. (@acmilan.com)

Paolo Scaroni wanted to finish 4th this season but somehow found himself celebrating his first Scudetto as President of Milan.

If any proof was needed that what Milan are doing is right and works, then last night was the final exclamation point.

The Rossoneri won the Scudetto for the 19th time in their history, beating Sassuolo 3-0 to get to 86 points.

After the game, club President Paolo Scaroni spoke to MilanTV, as fans invaded the pitch to celebrate:

While ‘Pioli is on fire’ rings in the background, it’s really loud here at the Mapei Stadium, there’s only one question: what are you feeling, President?
“It’s an incredible feeling, unimaginable, the whole season I said that I wanted to finish fourth. Instead, we came first, it’s an incredible delight, for me and for all Milan fans who’ve waited 12 years for this joy.”

Milan players celebrating at the end of Sassuolo-Milan at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore on May 22, 2022. (@acmilan.com)

This is a fully deserved achievement, President, because this team has played, fought and deserved this Scudetto…
“Yes, we played well as well. It’s a young, fresh team. With great cohesion, we showed a different style of football from what’s normal in Italy. That’s why we truly deserve this.”

Which is the fondest memory that will stay with you from this season?
“I have to be honest – today, because today’s was a fantastic match. We could have scored 5 or 6 goals, we fully deserved to win against a Sassuolo team which is certainly not bad.”

Lastly, a dedication to this Club made up of many who work and I know you appreciate a lot…
“Well, considering we are going through a difficult moment in our country, to think that at least the Milanisti have this great job makes me happy.”

Milan fans celebrating after winning the Scudetto at the end of Sassuolo-Milan at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore on May 22, 2022. (@acmilan.com)

This morning, Scaroni also had an interview with Radio RAI: “Yesterday was a sensational day, an incredible emotion that repaid all the anxiety I feel every Sunday and 24 hours before.”

Do you think of a stadium with more than 60k seats?
“My ambition is that the stadium is full, the issue that worries me is TV rights abroad, but the stadium is also good for 50-55k seats, today no bigger ones are built.”

Milan players celebrating at the end of Sassuolo-Milan at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore on May 22, 2022. (@acmilan.com)

Are you imagining that the future will have a reduced turnout at the stadiums?
“TV plays a fundamental role in this sense. I would not like to see matches with half-empty stadiums, we have to learn everything from the Premier League where the stadiums are always full. I want to do what they have done.”

Everything starts from December 2019, with the 5-0 defeat against Atalanta. Have you thought about it?
“Don’t talk to me about that game! I was there and it was a very bitter day. People thought of sacking Pioli but luckily we decided the opposite and the virtuous period that has led us to the Scudetto and to having the accounts more and more in order started.”

Milan players celebrating at the end of Sassuolo-Milan at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore on May 22, 2022. (@acmilan.com)

The decision to confirm Pioli and the farewell of Donnarumma with the arrival of Maignan… are these the only key things?
“Not only that, we have an ownership that has financed us but without going into debt. Then there is the management of Gazidis, Maldini and Massara, who have worked in the same direction as Pioli. This has led us to success.”

Milan was not the strongest squad…
“Not always who has the most important Champions wins. We developed our Champions at home.”

Who is the poster boy of Milan?
“I would put Pioli without a doubt. I don’t talk about players. The coach, Maldini and Gazidis take care of that.”

Milan players celebrating at the end of Sassuolo-Milan at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore on May 22, 2022. (@acmilan.com)

Will Maldini and Massara stay?
“We are in a phase where the ownership might change and I have a hard time making predictions. As far as I’m concerned, they have to continue doing the great work they’ve done in recent years.”

Is RedBird about to buy Milan for €1.3 billion?
“As far as Investcorp is concerned, I’ve read that they’ve taken a step back and instead RedBird have taken a step forward. The figures they are talking about show that a sporting, but also a financial success, has been achieved. I hope that the negotiations will be concluded before the actual start of the transfer market.”

Is the Champions League a dream?
“For the moment, yes.”

What do you wish Ibrahimović?
“Zlatan was a good prophet when he said he lead Milan to victory. I am not worried about what he will do tomorrow, he will find the right path.”

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