Former midfielder Ricardo Kaka has praised AC Milan’s current line of recruitment and has predicted success in Saturday’s derby against Inter.
Kaka spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about a number of different topics, beginning with an assessment on the business that Milan have done under the guidance of CEO Ivan Gazidis, technical director Paolo Maldini and sporting director Ricky Massara.
“What I like about this Milan? The mix of senators and young players. When I arrived I was young and I found a precise structure that helped me. It is important to continue,” he said (via MilanNews).
“It seems to me that the Elliott fund dictated a correct line, which CEO Gazidis is maintaining. The work of Maldini and before that of Boban was important. I like the green line of Milan, but learning from the oldest is fundamental. Without those I met at I wouldn’t have become what I was at Milanello.
“Aren’t young people enough? It seems obvious to me. Think of the Arsenal model. Nice, but they haven’t won anything in recent years. We need to be a little more concrete. This is how it works more for me: senators and young players with a quality future.”
On Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he added: “He makes everyone rise in level, he’s crazy for reasons as well as for quality. He helps the youngest a lot, makes the group grow, teaches others to stay at high levels and take the pressure off. The championship will be long and hard, I bet he will make the difference until the end.”
Kaka also backed Milan’s move to keep Stefano Pioli on as head coach rather that go down a new route by hiring Ralf Rangnick.
“They are to preserve and give confidence, change often doesn’t pay. In Brazil the coach misses two games and goes home. You must have a vision broader to build a base, so yes, of course it was right to confirm Pioli. Milan play fun football, they have clear ideas.”
All eyes are firmly fixed on Italian football’s showpiece event which will take place at San Siro, with Milan hoping for a league win against their city rivals, something which has been hard to come by in recent seasons.
In view of Saturday’s derby, Kakà focused on two players in particular, one on each side.
“Two names for the derby? Easy. Ibrahimovic, the leader, and Lukaku, who always makes the right moves, a very intelligent player. Milan love to play and have fun, Inter have the face of Conte, who never gives up. Let’s see the results. How does it end? We win 2-1.”