Milan will play their final game of 2020 this evening, taking on Lazio at San Siro. As always, the Rossoneri management will be present at the game and will be hoping to see another win after the success away at Sassuolo.
Stefano Pioli’s men could finish the year at the top of the standings, but most likely need to win as Inter are just one point behind. The Nerazzurri will take on Hellas Verona away from home, and although it could be tricky, they should win.
That makes tonight’s game very important for Milan, who have enjoyed a great start to the season despite the many injuries. In an interview with Associated Press, CEO Ivan Gazidis spoke about the current moment.
“There is a style to this team and the city. Although the club has been going through a tough time in recent years … this club resonates, and it just needs a little bit of love and care.
“It’s dangerous to think you’ve cracked the code, we certainly haven’t. We’re in a good moment now, but there will be difficult moments. We are seeing young players with personality, with energy, with commitment and with character driving the team forward.
“We are trying really to build a new sports model and we knew we would make mistakes. We wanted to make the club more efficient financially while increasing the performances on the field which everybody says basically can’t be done. The basic mantra in football is you have to spend more money if you’re going to be successful.
“People don’t see the passion that you put in. It makes you seem, from an outside perspective, as if you don’t care. Nothing could be further from the truth. The challenge is you care so much that it can lead you to make bad decisions.”
The former Arsenal director was also asked about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who signed a one-year agreement in the summer after a successful first six months. Although he’s currently injured, there’s no doubt how much he means to the team.
“Zlatan is a force of nature,” Gazidis said. “It can be one of his biggest accomplishments in his career. I think he’s approached it with incredible passion and seriousness,” he concluded.