The Mayor of Milano Giuseppe Sala has once agains spoken about the new stadium project on the sidelines of an event organised by Coni, as well as the Scudetto race too.
The title battle seems to be completely up in the air, with each team having their good and bad stretches. Milan overcame draws against Salernitana and Udinese by beating Napoli, who in turn saw their hard fought 2-1 win against Lazio the week prior come undone.
Inter are still the favourites for many and they got past a four-game winless streak by beating Salernitana 5-0 and then they won 1-0 at Anfield last night, something most Champions League predictions did not expect, though they did go out of the competition 2-1 on aggregate.
Sala first of all began by addressing the new stadium project, given there are plenty of reports doing the rounds suggesting that the clubs are looking into alternative sites to build their new home given the various bureaucratic delays associated with the San Siro area.
“I hope that the new stadium will be built, however, given the timing and the fact that there are appeals, we can rule out that there will be another stadium for the opening ceremony of the 2026 Winter Olympics,” he said (via SempreMilan.it).
“There will be this San Siro. The new stadium? I don’t want to wash my hands of it because I can’t, but what I had to do I did, and that is to declare the public interest through a council resolution.
“Now the question is whether this public debate should be held or not. I understand that the timing in this way is further lengthened, but it would not change much given the appeals that have already been there.
“If the teams intend to look at other options than San Siro, it is within their rights, but of course that would be a shame. I can’t do more than this. I am very worried about being left with this empty stadium, without Milan and Inter, as I don’t see potential reuse.
“We continue the dialogue respecting the rules, but it is no coincidence that few stadiums have been made in Italy. From this point of view our country is complicated.”
Sala was also asked what he thinking about the current battle for the Scudetto in Serie A given the top two are separated by just three points, with Milan in first, Inter two behind (albeit with a game in hand) and Napoli now three back after the Rossoneri won in Naples on Sunday.
“Sunday’s match between Napoli and Milan was important to give strength. Milan and Inter are a step above the others to play for the Scudetto. Milan are in a great moment, and I say this as an Inter fan,” he said.