Former AC Milan midfielder Demetrio Albertini has compared the chaotic nature of the club at present to Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Monday actually marks 26 years to the day since Albertini’s thunderbolt of a free-kick against Monaco in the semi-finals of the Champions League, a game the Rossoneri won 3-0 to reach the final where they hammered Barcelona 4-0.
It feels like such memories are a long time away from being recreated though with all the uncertainty surrounding the club at present, with doubts over who will be the head coach as well as speculation regarding the futures of key players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Albertini spoke to journalist Carlo Pellegatti about Milan’s current situation, and his words were transcribed by MilanLive as the former No.4 began with a tongue-in-cheek comparison.
“The current Milan is like yesterday’s conference of Prime Minister Conte. It is not clear what can be done,” he began.
“The situation is cryptic, the team is unable to maintain continuity and return to high levels. You need a sports project, without starting over every year. Criticisms must be accepted and technical choices defended.”
Ibrahimovic has had a huge impact on Milan since his return earlier this year, but with his deal set to expire on June 30 there are doubts about whether he will remain.
“Ibra? He could be useful in the future, perhaps as a hen for other younger attackers. Someone like Ibra serves. When I played with Van Basten I saw that the opponents cared so much about him, leaving more freedom of action to a young man like me. They are simple tactical situations, but they make a difference.”
Albertini finally discussed the possible landing of Ralf Rangnick on the bench.
“The problem is not a foreign or Italian coach. It is the general plan. We need unity of purpose and a coach who will stress the team, make it grow mentally, as Sacchi did with us. Having said that, I don’t mind Pioli’s work , in this current context he is the right man.”