Maldini downplays idea of January spending in case of UCL progression and names most improved player

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini has admitted that getting into the knockout stages of the Champions League is a target for the team, with everything to play for against Liverpool.

Maldini spoke to the broadcaster Infinity+ ahead of the crucial clash against Klopp’s men about the importance of potentially getting into the last 16 and what it could mean for the transfer market, with MilanNews relaying his quotes.

“It was our target, we had to chase and get the right result in Madrid and we hope that fate helps out. Being here to play it is still a good thing,” he said.

Calciomercato.com are among the sources to report that Milan winning against the Reds tonight and making the last 16 of the Champions League (providing the right result arrives in Porto) is a result that would be fundamental both from a sporting and an economic point of view because it would boost the Rossoneri’s revenue by €20m.

“It is not the passage of the round that determines our strategy. We have a deep squad, with two players per position. We would like to face the important games with everyone available, but there are these years, in which you get hurt for nothing.”

As one of the best defenders of all time himself, Maldini knows what is required on the biggest stage.

“It is essential, despite having territorial dominance we will have to be careful. We will need to find the right balance to face one of the best teams in the world at the moment, together with Bayern.”

Maldini was also asked which player has made the most improvements this year.

“There are a number of players who are young, the one who gave an acceleration is perhaps Leao himself. He showed that in 1 vs 1 he makes the difference in Italy and in Europe.”


READ MORE: Pellegatti explains why Rebic will be a bigger absence than Leao for Milan vs. Liverpool

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3 Comments

  1. Juro says:

    If this CL game against Liverpool doesn’t show the desperate need on this team for a young starting world class striker (Vlahovic) – nothing will. We should write a check today to Fiorentina for 70M and sign him and be damn thrilled we got him.

    1. Daniel Mizrachi says:

      Yes.
      And a CB, and a RW and an AM, and solve the issue with Kessie.

  2. Stam says:

    Kalulu is the biggest improvement. Leao is missing too often to be deciding in anything.

    We need a striker, but also maybe different tactics. Our strikers are old, if we do not get Vlahovis there is no striker left on the market. We could return to field 2 forwards. Liked article on 3-5-2 on this site a lot.

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