Maldini admits Scudetto is ‘close’ for Milan but reiterates: “It won’t be easy”

By Isak Möller -

At the end of the game between AC Milan and Hellas Verona, which finished 3-1 in favour of the Rossoneri, technical director Paolo Maldini shared his thoughts on the game. Indeed, the Scudetto is getting closer. 

With two games left of the season, Milan are currently two points ahead of their city rivals Inter. And since they have head-to-head advantage, the Rossoneri need ‘just’ four points to clinch the coveted Scudetto.

In an interview with MilanTV after the game, as cited by MilanNews, Maldini was asked about the Scudetto race and also the win tonight. He made it clear that the next two games, against Atalanta and Sassuolo, won’t be easy.

On the game…

“With the enthusiasm that is around us, it’s an important thing to try to give tranquillity. It was a match, unlike the one in Rome, which started very well, we dominated for the first 20-25 minutes. We were also able to take the lead but unfortunately, it was a millimetre offside.

“Then we conceded the goal. If you’re not ready you can go into crisis mode at that point. When there are so few games left and you see the finish line, if the team isn’t mature enough to react in the right way, you can also lose the game. So really congratulations to the guys, everything we asked them to do was done, even those who came off the bench.”

Is the Scudetto close?

“Close in the sense that there are two games left. It won’t be easy, just as this match was not easy. I saw Atalanta today, they are still alive, still playing in Europe and full of players of the highest level. But let’s play at San Siro, certainly a full stadium. So certainly great pressure for us, but we will manage it.”

The Rossoneri now have a week to prepare for the game against Atalanta at San Siro, scheduled for 18:00 CEST on Sunday. Should they clinch the win then, the Scudetto will be closer than ever, but it won’t be a walk in the park.

Tags AC Milan Hellas Verona Paolo Maldini


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