Milan have started the season very well with six wins and two draws in the opening eight games. Finally, it seems the project is starting to pay off, with Ivan Gazidis and Paolo Maldini at the helm.
While Maldini has mostly taken care of the sporting matters, Gazidis has been working on the corporate side of things to improve the club’s image. Above all, though, the two have worked hard to reduce the costs together.
So far, it seems their path is the right one and Gazidis certainly deserves a bit of praise for sticking to his model after two years filled with criticism. In an interview with DAZN, as cited by MilanNews, he touched on various topics.
On the ideas of the company: “Our vision is not yet so widespread in Italy but it can lead to great results, we must strongly believe in it and then everything can become possible.
“We will have to learn from the mistakes that exist and will be there, remaining united, sharing a project common to always remain Milan. We asked our fans to be patient and believe in the project we are working on. At the beginning, it was not easy, but now everyone is starting to see the direction we want to go.”
On young people and balance: “The successes of a club are not built only with young players, they also need elements of experience, both on the pitch and in management. In our younger athletes, we recognize the aptitude and talent to play in a modern football.
“However, their character and personality should not be underestimated. Look at Romagnoli and Donnarumma, they have leadership and experience despite their age. In Milan there are many leaders, this is a unique value not to be missed.”
On the projects: “In the short term we want to continue to develop the sports field, while at the company level we want to increase revenues, through sports results, sponsorships.
“The new stadium will be of fundamental importance for the future. If we want to be a modern club and winning, we need a stadium suited to our needs. One that can embrace all diversity and involve all our fans, today and tomorrow.
“The new stadium will also be fundamental for the evolution of the city of Milan, for all Milanese, not just the AC Milan fans.”
On FFP: “FFP is a tool to give football more financial sustainability, if Covid had hit us before the FFP, when football suffered great economic losses, the current situation would be even more serious. Perhaps it is time to adapt it.”
Paolo Maldini was also interviewed by DAZN and spoke about the situation of the club, which you can read here. The current directors are seemingly getting along well and hopefully, Milan will continue on this path.