Capello reveals what has surprised him the most about Milan this season

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan have started the season brilliantly with 21/24 points collected in the league, sitting at the top of the standings. Fabio Capello has now revealed what has surprised him the most. 

Stefano Pioli and his staff can be very happy with how the team has performed despite a very tight and tough schedule. There’s more of that after the break, but for now the players can enjoy their spot at the top of the standings.

Speaking to Corriere della Sera this morning (read the full interview here), as cited by Radio Rossonera, the legendary manager Capello revealed what has surprised him the most about Milan so far.

“Pioli can count on the support of leaders like Maignan and Giroud: they can be useful in helping the new arrivals to integrate. I was surprised especially by the new arrivals, who work hard to stand out, sacrificing themselves,” he stated.

Milan will be hoping to keep this up but as said, a tough schedule awaits after the break including the two games against PSG in the Champions League. In other words, they will have to really be at their best.

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  1. What surprised me is that we’re able to take care of the so called smaller teams. That’s a good trait to have. And Im glad we’re able to do that this year.

    But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Apart from Inter, all of our other games were against teams in the second half of the table. We havent, by table standings, played a top 10 team apart from the snakes. Let’s be calm for a sec

    1. I disagree. Lazio and Roma are top 10 teams and we beat them. I think Milan was a bit unlucky playing inter without Tomori.

      That match would have been different had Tomori played and the weather conditions were better.

      Milan technically is doing better so far than even Inter. We haven’t loss a lead in any games and despite the 5 goals we conceded our defensive performance is still better than Inter since we have kept more clean sheets so far than them.

      Pioli and the team are doing a good job so far and I hope that we can recover Bennacer soon and get a good CF and CB in January to help us win the scudetto.

      Milan will need to improve the squad in January to challenge for the scudetto. A LB backup for Theo, a left footed CB good enough to replace Tomori if he is out and a clinical striker who can finish off the chances we are not taking.

      1. Don’t blame the weather!

        Our return week of Juve, PSG, Napoli will show what we’re made of.

        My guess would be draw, loss, win

        Its just so important for club profile and revenue to get out of CL group. So i hope we keep our big guns rested for that

        1. Well even though i agree that the Juve, PSG, Napoli matches will be the real tests i think disregarding the lazio and roma matches due to bad form is not right either as we also contributed to their ill fortunes but generally speaking they are both to be expected to be at least top 7 teams in serie a.
          I expect us to win against juve but im quite curious in regard of the psg fixtures as they isnt the same team as previously but still a force to be reckoned with but i have the feeling that we will win one of the matches against them but propably more likely the second fixture. Napoli will propably be in a mood of revenge but it could go either way but we have generally handled them well or great in recent years.

      2. @ZionTrain what exactly are you disagreeing with? Sure Lazio and Roma “should” be top 10 teams but their start so far is far from that form hence why they’re not top 10 in the standings. I expect them to be eventually but clearly the table is showing us the early form of teams and they’re not it are they? Beside that, the rest is true, we haven’t played a top 10 table team based on current standings bar Inter.
        Not disagreeing to the rest of your points. Seems valid. Esp on the defence front. It reminds me of the form we had during the last Scudetto season

      1. Not by their position in the table. They haven’t been in great form so it’s hard to tell if we played a strong Roma or not. Overall they should be better than what they’re playing right now.

  2. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Apart from Inter, all of our other games were against teams in the second half of the table
    Yes that’s true but you can only beat the teams they put in front of you, we took care of Lazio and Roma,

  3. We’re tight against anybody, l have conviction worse scenario we wld have scuddeto in the kitty. Applauds to Pioli and Forza Milan.

  4. Everyone knew coming into this season that if Milan could get past the first 10 league games of the season, then we would know where we stand. First 10 matchweeks included 5 of the 6 “7 Sister” clubs that Milan could face (not including ourselves).

    Once Milan make it past the Napoli match, almost every other club until the mid-point of the season will be Mid-table or lower opposition. There’s an opportunity to build up a gap between Milan and the chasing pack, simply because they will have to face each other and points will be dropped one way or another.

    But first, Milan have to get through this upcoming Juve-PSG-Napoli week.

  5. Let them take it a game at a time. But i must say i’m impressed that Mikan keep winning with these new players added into the team. I was expecting Milan to start slowly into the season, but they certainly madde everyone surprised

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