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Re: Paolo Maldini

13 Oct 2018, 14:28

Maldini: 'Return to Milan principles'

Paolo Maldini explained how he came to take on a new job at Milan, as he and Leonardo “try to return to those principles” from their heyday.

The Rossoneri legend returned as a member of staff after US hedge fund Elliott Management repossessed the club from Yonghong Li.

He had been approached by the Chinese businessman first, but was immediately said he wasn’t convinced by the financial guarantees and project put forward.

Maldini was proven right when Yonghong Li failed to meet loan repayments and this week the balance sheet showed a loss of €126m during his one-year tenure.

“Leonardo called me, I was on vacation and he said that he’d been contacted by the club,” explained Maldini at the Festival dello Sport event in Trento.

“We reached an agreement in 48 hours. We divide the sporting area, which means dealing with the team, players and Coach. It’s an intense job and certainly not easy.”

Maldini and Leonardo were both players in the Milan sides that won everything under Silvio Berlusconi.

“Based on our experience, we try to return to those principles. At Milan, you must have clear in your mind that it’s essential to win trophies.

“Our objective now is to get back to being competitive in Europe as soon as possible. We have a three-year contract, so it’s not much time, but we’ll try. I won’t deny that it’s tough to talk about Champions League qualification, considering recent results, but we are convinced we can do it. That is our main target.

“It was important for us to feel that there was a strong club by our side as players, so it must be the same for the current group.”

Milan have already secured a deal worth €35m plus bonuses for Flamengo attacking midfielder Paqueta.

“He has talent, is not yet 100 per cent developed, but is a player who can allow us to dream.”

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Re: Paolo Maldini

13 Oct 2018, 15:06

Maldini: 'Greatest and worst moments'

Paolo Maldini looked back over his lifetime at Milan with Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello, Carlo Ancelotti and admiring Gennaro Gattuso.

The new director spoke at the Festival dello Sport event in Trento today and you can read the rest of his comments here.

“I started out playing as a striker. I was in love with the ball, evidently genetics made me seek it out as a friend,” said the son of Rossoneri legend Cesare Maldini.

Now Paolo’s sons Christian and Daniel are both on Milan’s books after coming through the youth academy, forming a new generation of Maldinis.

“I never sought out individual glory or personal prizes. Football is a team sport and you win with the team. I am satisfied with my career. The history of my family is tied to the Milan jersey, ever since the 1950s. When I retired, my son was already starting in the Rossoneri academy.

“I was born when my father had already hung up his boots. I was told all sorts of stories about him and I did feel the pressure, reading and hearing comments, but at the end of the day it all just added motivation.

“What I did learn from my father and I am trying to pass on to my children is that sport is made up of professionals who have to behave well, on and off the field. You cannot separate the person from the player.

“I hope that I’ll be remembered as a fair player. At times I could be very rough. Once at an awards ceremony with Diego Maradona, they showed a clip of an incredibly tough tackle. I went to Diego and apologised, saying I didn’t remember the incident.”

Maldini worked with some of the greatest tacticians in Milan history and won practically every club trophy.

“Sacchi was fundamental for us. He was ambitious, had so many ideas, was a revolutionary and arrived at Milan at the right time. He was almost maniacal in his search for perfection.

“The stress consumed him, as often happens with geniuses. Football evolves, but the basic principles remain.

“Capello was different to Sacchi, but a great manager and Coach. In the 1994 Champions League Final against Barcelona, he told us: ‘Get out there and we’ll certainly win.’

“He wasn’t as pressing as Sacchi, who still gives me nightmares! Before, during and after games, Sacchi was just non-stop hammering us, but also taught us so much.

“It was Nils Liedholm who really taught me how to play football. He should be recognised as the one who started that great Rossoneri era.”

Ancelotti went from Maldini’s teammate to his Coach, winning the Scudetto, two Champions League trophies, two European Super Cups, the Club World Cup, Italian Super Cup and Coppa Italia.

“It was a wonderful era with him. He was a former teammate, a friend, and by the age of 35 I was able to control my emotions better, so had the chance to enjoy every moment. I think Ancelotti will win a great deal at Napoli too, as he has already been able to transform the roles of fundamental players like Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik.”

Now Milan have Gattuso at the helm, another of Maldini’s old teammates.

“We’ll see what he manages to do. He has a great sense of belonging at Milan, which is what Leonardo and I tried to transmit to the squad over the last few months.

“In tactical terms, Rino has improved a lot, which is why we have total faith in him. He was courageous to come to Milan, he knows what he’s doing, knows how to deal with the players and mediate with the club too.”

Ancelotti’s era also included the infamous Champions League Final in Istanbul, when frittering away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Liverpool, losing on penalties.

“Perhaps along with the 1994 World Cup Final lost to Brazil on penalties, that was the worst moment of my career,” continued Maldini.

“Football gives and it takes away, but at the end you have to accept the result, especially when you’ve given your all. If you watch it back, it’s not true that we sat back on 3-0, as we still had plenty of chances at 3-3 too.

“The mood of a team can change on a tiny incident. If you are strong and have the mentality, you can overcome certain situations, and fortunately we did that.”

Although he will forever be remembered as one of the greatest defenders in the sport, Maldini never won a trophy with Italy in his 126 caps.

“I said no to the call-up in 2006 and they won. It was destiny, I guess. I still had a wonderful time, but the game I’d really like to play again would be against South Korea in the 2002 World Cup. I never got angry with referees, but that day it was frankly impossible not to.

“I let out the worst in me, helped also by the Spanish I had learned from my wife.”

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27 Oct 2018, 09:19

Maldini: ‘Milan are playing well’

Milan director Paolo Maldini admits “I understand perfectly” the frustration of the fans, but the team “played well in almost all their matches”.

The Rossoneri lost the Derby della Madonnina to Inter last weekend, before being beaten at home by Real Betis in the Europa League.

Pressure is growing on Coach Gennaro Gattuso, and the Curva Sud declared the team should be ashamed of their performance in the derby.

“We played badly in the derby, it’s true,” Maldini said after visiting the Istituto dei Tumori in Venezia.

“I understand perfectly the huge disappointment about the Europa League match, but we go on with the confidence we had before these two defeats.

“We’re aware that we’re coming from sixth place and our objective is fourth, which is another significant improvement.

“Now we have two tight games against the Genoese sides at San Siro, and if we win those we’d be back in the Champions League picture.

“We’re also confident because Milan have played well in almost all their matches. In our league even the small teams can cause problems.

“Inter were superior in the derby, but against Parma they were unrecognisable.”

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Re: Paolo Maldini

05 Apr 2019, 01:17

Anyone else hear/read the rumour that Leo and Paolo had already told Rino he won't be retained next season, hence the abysmal form ? Likely BS, but it also makes a little sense.
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