Cafu gives thoughts on Milan’s Scudetto hopes plus the work of Pioli and Elliott Management

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan defender Cafu has given his thoughts on how the current team are getting on, and also commented on how Elliott Management are different as owners to how Silvio Berlusconi was.

Cafu played at Milan for five seasons, from 2003 to 2008, winning virtually everything there was to win. He gave an exclusive interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport on the Rossoneri’s title hopes, and he began by discussing what the team are missing to go on and capture a 19th Scudetto.

On what Milan is missing to win the title: “My evaluations stem from the fact that I already saw how they played at that time [Cafu talked about the Scudetto for Milan back in October], I had seen very good things, now they are confirming them. The possibility of winning the Scudetto has risen a lot,” he said (via PianetaMilan).

The Brazilian was asked what Milan’s percentage of winning the title is: “Eight games are still a lot, but I’d say a good 50%. I’m optimistic because I see a concentrated team, which now has the advantage of not depending on anyone.”

One of the big architects of Milan’s rise from being a Europa League level team to now fighting for the title again and they are also looking to win a first Coppa Italia in nearly two decades.

Asked what he likes most about Pioli, Cafu stated: “The fact that he tried to make the team play in his image and style. Milan has a recognisable identity.”

Rafael Leao and Theo Hernandez have formed a lethal partnership down the left flank which has really blossomed this season and has been a big part of Milan’s current standing atop the Serie A table.

“Theo pushes a lot and defends well. Leão’s qualities are also there for all to see. For Milan, the left wing is a strong point that will be crucial in terms of the Scudetto,” Cafu said.

Finally, on Elliott’s running of the club: “Do I like it?” It’s not a question of whether you like it or not, it’s something different. Silvio Berlusconi was like a father to the players, there will never be anything like that again. At Milan as outside Milan, football is interpreted in a different way.”

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