It took some time, but it seems Milan are finally on the right path for the future. Many were against the principles of the project pitched by Ivan Gazidis and owners Elliott Management, but it has worked out well.
Initially, the Rossoneri only intended to bring in young players, keen on building a Leipzig-esque team. However, they missed one important factor and that was experience, which Simon Kjaer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought to the team in January.
In an interview with Sky UK, as cited by Sky Italia, Gazidis was asked about the club’s project and the progress that they have made so far. He was very happy, especially since Milan are topping the standings with the youngest team.
“I’m very satisfied with the team’s performance, but we have to keep our feet firmly on the ground, this is still the beginning of a project for a club that has gone through many vicissitudes over this decade. What we are trying to restore is pride.
“We have the youngest team in the five most important leagues, an incredible thing considering that Zlatan with his 39 years raises the average age terribly. Even with Zlatan, we are the youngest team.
“We are radically reviewing all the processes for Milan and in general the way of doing football in Italy. We are fighting even if we have not achieved anything for now, there are no trophies, in short, we are at the beginning,” he stated.
The Rossoneri have drawn the last two games (2-2 against Parma and Genoa) and it’s clear that they want a win against Sassuolo tomorrow. The mentality, though, hasn’t been lacking as they have come back from difficult positions.