Elisabet Spina, the head of the AC Milan Women, recently gave an interview to Tuttosport discussing how far the Rossonere have come and how they’ve grown as a team.
She also discussed the team’s objectives and how why the team decided to renew Maurizio Ganz’s contract. Here is a translation of the interview that she gave to the daily.
What is your view on how the Rossonere’s season ended?
“It was a tiring year due to the pandemic, but yet at the same time, it was also very rewarding because we managed to achieve our main objective, which was to qualify for next season’s Champions League. We have also experienced considerable growth as a team because we have brought high-quality players to Serie A.”
On the decision to renew Maurizio Ganz…
“The decision to keep him was not based on the results on the field but on how he can help the players grow daily. Maurizio managed to immerse himself in the world [of women’s football] with incredible professionalism, and he did so with humility and understanding. He has made history with the club with the things he did as a footballer, and now he is also doing it as a manager.”
How important was it that Milan as a whole was constantly close to the Women’s team?
“It was fundamental. We are proud to know that we have the support of the entire Milan organization, every single day. The girls feel how close they are and I think that the club stands out for that. It is also an expression of the importance that you want to give to women’s football.
“It is something unique because even in some of the great European clubs, this type of support [for the women’s teams] is lacking at times.”
What do Milan need to improve so that they can win a trophy?
“Three years ago, we started on this path to growth with a very clear vision. Now, we are starting to think that we have grown enough to enter the doors of the Casa Milan Museum by winning a trophy. It would be a dream.”
In addition to renewing a few, important players, some major reinforcements will be coming to Milan during this transfer window…
“First of all, it was important to renew some of the international players that are important to this project. Important players will certainly arrive and they can contribute by raising the level of a team that is already quite competitive. We also want to bring in young talents who can grow with us.”
Milan are ready to be a protagonist in the Champions League as well…
“We will be participating in this international competition for the first time. It will not be easy. The goal is to be as prepared as possible, and to represent the club and the history of the Rossoneri in Europe in the best possible way.”
For the 2020-21 season, the goal was to reach the Champions League for the next season. Will the goal be the same for this season?
“Being able to consistently qualify for the Champions League, which should never be taken for granted, in a league that is even more competitive and of a higher level [is the goal].”