Baresi discusses ‘retouching’ of the squad, Ibrahimovic’s impact and Tomori-Kalulu pairing

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan vice president Franco Baresi has revealed that the aim for next season is to go further in the Champions League, hopefully with the help of some new additions.

Speaking on Carlo Pellegatti’s YouTube channel, Baresi talked about a number of different topics related to the Rossoneri including their next adventure in the Champions League.

After a seven-year absence from the competition Milan found it tough to re-adjust in the last campaign as they won just one of their six group games and finished bottom below Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Porto.

“This victory brings awareness to Europe, it will bring us more experience and we hope that the team will be retouched for the better. We will be ready to make a good impression on the European field as well. Milan has this culture and mentality in its European DNA,” he said.

One of the things that certainly made a big impact in the club’s resurgence was the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the winter of the 2019-20 season. He showed all his experience with decisive performances on the field, and provided leadership off the pitch to help a young group find some belief.

“Ibrahimovic is an incredible character. His return was fundamental, in terms of personality and in transmitting confidence to the team that has grown enormously. The team achieved this result also thanks to him. Ibrahimovic left his mark and now they can continue on their own,” Baresi said.

A big part of the Scudetto win was the team’s defensive record towards the back end of the season when they conceded just twice in the final nine Serie A games, with nine of those being clean sheets.

Pierre Kalulu and Fikayo Tomori shone as a centre-back pairing, which seemed unlikely at the beginning of the season, and Baresi is backing them to step up again.

“AC Milan won this year above all thanks to the defence, which meant they suffered little. The central defenders played extraordinary games. Kalulu was a positive surprise, with physical qualities and speed and with Tomori he formed an extraordinary pair. Milan played man against man behind when attacking and this was very useful.”

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