Gerry Cardinale will be present at AC Milan’s opening game of the season tonight against Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, and he released a statement before the match.
Some have branded the summer as a ‘revolution’ for Milan given just how much has happened since that final game of last season against Hellas Verona, after which Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his retirement.
Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are gone, Sandro Tonali was sold and eight new signings have arrived all in the space of a couple of months, with a ninth to follow in the form of Marco Pellegrino, due in Italy tonight.
It is an important campaign for the Rossoneri after they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season but probably suffered domestically as a result. Now, Pioli has more squad depth and his side are considered title candidates.
Cardinale is present in Bologna for the game against Thiago Motta’s side which will open up the 2023-24 campaign, and he released some words before the game to mark the start of another interesting year.
“I didn’t want to miss being here for a start to the season that promises to be more challenging than ever, both in Italy and in Europe,” he said.
“As repeatedly underlined, our goal is to keep improving in order to win, both in Serie A and on the world stage. But we cannot do this without being open to changes and new approaches.
“And, in the current scenario, our ability to successfully achieve a positive evolution, on and off the pitch, can only materialise through shrewd and sophisticated financial management.
“Let’s not misunderstand though. It must be very clear that RedBird is here to win. But we’re here to win the ‘smart’ way, because we want to win for a long time, not just once. We may not always do well, but we won’t stop trying until we’ve won everything we can.
“We have so many new faces that we are excited to welcome to Milanello. For our part, we will accompany and support our team in every moment of this new journey with strong commitment and with a passion equal to the one they will put on the field, supported by the extraordinary support they invariably receive off the field,
“So tonight, more than ever, let me say: forza Milan, always!”