Former AC Milan boss Fabio Capello has given his thoughts on a number of topics related to the club, including the Scudetto battle and Fikayo Tomori’s arrival.
Capello won basically everything there was to win as a manager at Milan including four league titles, three Italian Super Cups, a Champions League and much more. He led the Rossoneri to nine trophies including an unbeaten league season, and he spoke to PianetaMilan to discuss the Rossoneri’s fortunes.
Milan at the moment are six points behind Inter, but the Nerazzurri have played one game less, and Capello believes they are now primed to go on and win the title.
“It will be very difficult to recover against Inter, because the Nerazzurri do not have the cups. Antonio Conte’s team has focused above all on the championship and has now taken a lead that seems difficult to stop,” he said.
Milan came out with their heads held high against Manchester United in the Europa League despite going out 2-1 on aggregate.
“Milan played a very good match against Manchester United, making a good impression. It showed that you have to play with a certain spirit, but the truth is that they are out, just like the other Italian clubs (except Roma)”.
Italian teams have struggled in Europe in recent years, and Capello believes it is down to a style of play in large part.
“There is a lack of speed of play and intensity. Unfortunately, due to the constant interruptions of referees, we do not have these characteristics.”
Stefano Pioli has been given a lot of credit for the job he has done in transforming the fortunes of Milan both from a results standpoint but also a mentality one too.
“He is doing a very good job, at a great level. It was Milan’s luck to reconfirm him when there was talk, let’s call it, about other coaches. He showed great seriousness, especially helping the players present in the squad grow and play excellent football.”
Milan fans seem to be very happy with Tomori’s arrival and start to life at the club, and Capello believes that he is a great signing.
“Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara know about football. They are competent, they have seen the qualities of this player and they have certainly known him for a long time. They have made a great purchase, because Tomori’s speed is one of the most important things for a defender, as well as knowing how to mark, of course. Speed helps a lot.”
In the last few days the media have been talking about the future of Donnarumma.
“I hope he stays with Milan. I hope he is satisfied in a period of pandemic with what has been offered to him recently and that he can stay with the Rossoneri,” Capello said.