Barella jokes about Italy squad having no Milan players: “Another week of peace”

By Oliver Fisher -

Nicolò Barella spoke at a press conference with the Italian national team earlier today and he addressed the fact that there are no AC Milan players in the squad.

The next game on the horizon for both Milan and Inter is the Derby della Madonnina immediately after the international break on Saturday 16 September, with both sides looking to continue their 100% start to the season.

While the France camp is full of pre-derby narratives such as Olivier Giroud vs. Marcus Thuram and Theo Hernandez vs. Benjamin Pavard, the same cannot be said for the Azzurri.

Barella is one of five Inter players to have been called up by Luciano Spalletti with the others being Alessandro Bastoni, Matteo Darmian, Federico Dimarco, Nicolo Barella and Davide Frattesi.

The midfielder spoke at a press conference this afternoon and he was asked about the lack of Rossoneri presence, with his response relayed by MilanNews.

“Is it strange to not have a Milan player here? No, the choices are made by the coach and I won’t go into that. Better to take another week of peace and then meet directly on the pitch without lighting any fires,” he said.

Barella also spoke about the level of Italian football, which is growing as demonstrated by the three finals played by Serie A teams last year in the three top European competitions.

“In European competitions you have to be good and have long squads, as well as being lucky. But you have to look for luck because there are no easy games. Great merit for those who reached the final, then in football as in life you win and lose.

“As far as Italian football is concerned, I say that Saudi Arabia has changed the cards on the table and everyone in their career makes the decisions they want. Then at the end of his career he will look back and evaluate whether or not he did well.”

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  1. Who cares as long as Milan is winning, we just need to improve our academy which we have also done this season so hopefully we’ll get new talent crop out in the next couple of years.

    We still have a decent amount of players from the academy in the past few years, Locatelli, Cristante, Darmian, De Sciglio, Dollarumma etc etc.

    Lets hope we get more in the next years that actually contributes to our team more.

  2. This proves that Inter relies on just a few superstar players. Milan, on the other hand, have built a team where the A and B squads can win games.

  3. Barella’s comment is an indication of his blatant lack of maturity. Being called up by a national team coach and participating in a national squad does not necessarily mean that the called-up player is better than those who are not called up. his comment is very childish to say the least. He better brings is A-game during the derby.

    1. Of all the players I’ve seen during this decade Barella is the biggest crybaby of them all. After every contact (or even non-contact) he cries at the referee. It’s infuriating to watch.

  4. He is right because Milan has player from homedepo like those guys they comment
    This is complete Pioli
    National with out Milan Player

  5. Not a surprise, then, that the national team is so bad. A lot of Inter players = weak Italy squad. The backbone of the Italian national team was always Milan and Juventus.

  6. Already thinking of he much you’ll be flopping around like a fish and screaming. He’s a great player but also very annoying to watch on the pitch

  7. There are no Milan players because there are barely Italian starters in the Milan starting XI. At the moment, only Calabria. So who cares also?

  8. The irony being that Milan didn’t historically look to foreign players which brought about Internazionale Milan….

    I must say I don’t like the lack of Italians. I always like Milan when we have a core of 5 plus Italian players. However better to win without them than lose with….

  9. It was a normal statement from a Inter player, what do you expect from him than that.

    But it’s shame that Level of Italian team is not at top level and we cant produce 1good italian player except Tonali

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