Napoli president De Laurentiis slams ‘headless’ UEFA ahead of Milan tie

By Isak Möller -

After the League assembly earlier today, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis spoke to the reporters on the scene about the upcoming Milan clashes. He reiterated that they would have preferred a team from abroad. 

In the space of 16 days, Milan and Napoli will face each other three times. It’s certainly a special situation and it will make two very interesting games in the Champions League. The league clash, of course, will take place this weekend.

Speaking to the reports present at the League assembly (via TMW), Napoli president De Laurentiis shared his thoughts on the clashes against Milan. He also confirmed that their star striker Victor Osimhen will be out for at least two weeks.

“Osimhen? He will be out for two weeks, we hope. Milan are a team skillfully lead by Maldini and Scaroni, as well as the ownership. These are games where any result could happen, you never know. They also have some players missing. I hope it will be a balanced and entertaining clash.

“Unfortunately, this is the result of a headless UEFA. Imagine if we had also faced each other in the Coppa Italia semi-finals. It’s ridiculous to play the same team three times. If you play in a European competition, you want to face European teams. Milan should have played against another European team and Napoli should have played against another European team,” he stated.

Milan will begin at home in the Champions League tie and that game is scheduled for April 13, with the return leg scheduled for six days later. This weekend’s league clash will give us a taste of how those two games could look.

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  1. Winning the league tie will be the best for Milan. Milan cannot rival any team for a player because of financial crisis. Due to financial crisis we lost IBRAHIMOVIC AND THIAGO SILVA TO PSG, KAKA TO REAL MADRID. MILAN failed to buy KAIO JORGE FROM BRAZIL , LOSING A LOT OF VALUABLE PLAYERS due to FINANCIAL CRISIS ALL THE TIME. WHEN WILL FINANCIAL CRISIS END? ADVANCEMENT IN TO DIFFERENT STAGES OF UCL, WHAT’S THE ESSENCE?

    1. It’s not a crisis but the new owners having to deal with decades of financial mismanagement under Berlusconi. He used Milan as a political tool and never built a financially viable club. Now we are paying off debt, increasing revenues, and waiting for the new stadium. Don’t expect Milan to be fully competitive in Europe for at least another 5-10 years.

    2. are you seriously bemoaning we lost kaio jorge 😀 he doesnt really play and certainly not with a great outcome that should make us regret that deal didnt happen. He also keep having injuries and has missed 54 matches since arriving to europe and his value has plummet well below since then.
      Sure he might turn out well at some point but up untill now there are no reasons why we shukd be disgruntled about juventus picking up this injury prone player.

  2. While you make some valid pints, I wouldn’t expect Milan to take anywhere the 5-10 years. With a few star players to adress the needs im thinking 2 years. The timeline is up to the new owners in reality. They want start making real profit money for another 5-7 years but that’s with signing marquee players now .

    1. maybe because currently they are not as much in a dire need of points as we are. Could also be that their bottom level is higher amongst theirn talents regardless of our current primaveras youth league success.

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