AC Milan icon and current honorary vice-president Franco Baresi has sung the praises of head coach Stefano Pioli and the way the squad are currently heading.
Baresi presented his book “Free to Dream” at the Feltrinelli foundation in Milan and gave an interview to the microphones of La Gazzetta dello Sport, during which he was first of all asked about his current position at the club and the help he can give.
“My role allows me to transmit those values that we must never forget. History is important, the club has a philosophy and a culture. We must always remember that wearing this shirt is a responsibility and an honour,” he said (via MilanLive).
“Being a captain? It always depends where you do it. If you happen to be in a great club like Milan, it gives you enormous responsibility. Wearing the armband is very stimulating and empowers you. Romagnoli has been here for many years, his behaviour has always been exceptional and even when he does not play he is an example. We are in good hands.”
The Rossoneri have certainly started the season in confident fashion having won six of their opening seven games to begin the Serie A campaign, which puts them in second place behind only Napoli who have won all seven.
Some are beginning to believe that another Scudetto challenge is on the cards and Baresi – who knows all about what it takes to win trophies – believes the team can dream big.
“Milan are doing very well, they have grown a lot and you have to believe in it. Milan must think big, be ambitious and respect everyone. The team can give joy.
The Milan legend also spoke about the most formidable opponents in Serie A: “Napoli amazed, they started off great. Then there is the Italian champions Inter. And Juventus, which have not yet cut themselves off and will rise again.
“However, you have to look at yourself. Milan amazes for how they play games, with vivacity and personality. We can think big. Pioli? He was very good. After the lockdown he formed a group, compacted it and stimulated it. It wasn’t easy. Now the players feel involved.”