Maldini explains Milan’s focus on young players: “We try to give them a winning mentality”

By Isak Möller -

In just a few minutes, Milan will take on Parma in the 11th round of Serie A, currently sitting at the top of the standings. The goal, therefore, is to grab another three points and continue their good run of form. 

Milan will be looking to extend their lead atop the Serie A table back to five points with a win over Parma at San Siro on Sunday night, and as expected Stefano Pioli made 10 changes from the ‘second team’ that played against Sparta Praha on Thursday night.

Paolo Maldini, the Rossoneri’s technical director, was interviewed by Sky Italia (via MilanNews) ahead of the game and spoke about the club’s current situation. He also touched on the fact that the competitors all won their games.

On the opponents who have won: “We do other types of calculations, if we win tonight fifth place will be 7 points away from us, Lazio and Atalanta at 12. If we don’t win, it won’t be a drama, we have the lightness to be there, I don’t say by chance, but with other initial expectations.”

On Milan of the past: “That Milan had greater certainties and a super competitive squad.”

Elliott’s recruitment strategy has been clear from the start: they want to make long-term investments in promising and talented young players, occasionally adding players of experience such as Ibrahimovic and Kjaer to balance the group.

On that approach, Maldini said: “We want to run the ‘risk’ that young people will become strong, we have taken players with great potential, we try to give them a winning mentality.”

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