Giampaolo responds to Conte: “My motto is heads up and play football”

By Oliver Fisher -

New AC Milan head coach Marco Giampaolo has revealed that he will ‘get to know’ the current crop of players before making decisions on their futures.

Giampaolo held his first press conference as the new Rossoneri boss on Monday afternoon, alongside Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban. 

Antonio Conte decided to deploy the motto ‘head down and ride’ during his unveiling as Inter boss, but Giampaolo has his own spin on that.

“It’s not revenge but rather a result of the attachment I’ve shown to my work. My motto is ‘heads up and play football’,” he said.

“I want our football to be appreciated and obviously supported by results. Milan must play for the highest objectives, but we must get there through planning.

“Everyone here must believe in our style of play. A precise mentality must be created. It’ll be a long journey, so that’s why it’s only right to go one step at a time.

“Without quality players, you can’t play good football. The important thing is to have an idea and carry it forward.

“I need to get to know the current crop of Milan players first. I’m sorry not to have more available, partly because of the international break and partly because of injuries.

“Before moving seriously in the market, I still need to understand which of the current crop I’ll focus on. We need players who suit our style.”

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