Giampaolo: “It is an honor to be right here and I really feel no worry, the trail is lengthy and we should take issues one step at a time, I have not chosen the formation but, Milan’s objective has all the time been to realize nice issues by stunning play” | Rossoneri Weblog


Paolo Maldini and Marco Giampaolo throughout a press-conference at Casa Milan on July 8, 2019. (

Marco Giampaolo was introduced to the press right now and he spoke at nice size about enjoying stunning soccer, the subject of the formation and the truth that he wants ‘useful’ gamers.

The brand new coach of the Rossoneri arrived in Casa Milan right now and he sat for an hour alongside Paolo Maldini, Zvonimir Boban and Frederic Massara to reply all of the questions of the journalists.

Tomorrow Giampaolo can be at coaching heart Milanello to do what he does greatest – coach gamers. However on Monday he took the time to talk an awesome deal concerning the 2019/20 Milan.

“If Milan is the massive likelihood I’ve been ready for in my profession? To start with I’d like greet of all you, I’m delighted and motivated to be right here. It’s an honor to educate Milan, the membership has an excellent and prestigious historical past, it is likely one of the most well-known golf equipment on this planet, and that is undoubtedly an awesome alternative. By arduous work, analysis and sacrifice, I imagine that I do deserve this opportunity, now I must deserve it on the pitch. Nevertheless, this isn’t a degree of arrival – there are by no means factors of arrival in a single’s skilled journey, my path has been of falls and ascents. One of many first issues and one of the vital vital issues that members of the membership advised me after we first met is that ‘we don’t belief those that haven’t made errors earlier than’ – you will need to study from one’s errors, solely by making errors can we study new issues. I’m delighted to be right here and I’m delighted to tackle this problem. And I feel that I’m precisely on the proper level of my profession for this problem.

Marco Giampaolo at coaching heart Milanello. (

“When did I notice that I’ll develop into the coach of Milan? To be sincere I used to be on a ship with mates prepared for my vacation. The cellphone was ringing and Paolo requested me to come back up so we are able to speak… my mates took off to Croatia for a vacation, I took the primary aircraft to Milano. 5 years in the past I accepted to drop right down to Serie C to educate, a selection that would’ve ended my skilled profession as a coach; it was a courageous, troublesome and maybe loopy selection to begin once more from the third division, however I needed to make it again to Serie A, ranging from the bottom division. I needed to be teaching on the high of the sport, and 5 years later after I obtained a name from Maldini, I used to be over the moon. It’s an awesome honor and privilege to be right here and I’m able to tackle this problem.

“Boban mentioned that I’m a logical and simple selection? To start with I’d prefer to thank him for the religion in me. For me, Milan has a transparent id by way of soccer and play, the objective has all the time been to realize nice issues by stunning play, a objective that has typically been reached, there’s a way of belonging… the Rossoneri shirt of horizontal stripes is only one identifier. We now have a variety of targets this season and sooner or later. This season goes to be very lengthy, however the major goal is to have a transparent model, to be simply recognizable. Our gamers should determine with what they do and the followers should really feel that sense of belonging, that satisfaction of being part of Milan.

Marco Giampaolo at coaching heart Milanello. (

“The three cardinal factors of my philosophy of soccer contemplating Conte’s motto is ‘head down and pedal’? [Laughs] The slogan is ‘head excessive and play soccer’. I don’t imagine in distinguishing between starters or reserves, weak or robust gamers… I feel the vital factor is that the gamers are motivated and bold. I would like gamers who need to write their names within the historical past books, they have to need to be remembered for doing one thing vital. We now have to supply the followers and the viewers an satisfying spectacle, one thing they get pleasure from watching. Milan should level at high targets, however we can not begin on the finish, we should take issues one step at a time and my first step is tomorrow after I’ll meet all of the gamers. I need to perceive what and the way they factor, what their ambitions are, I need to create a shared perception in a mode of soccer that we all the time share and is well recognizable. The trail is lengthy, we should take issues one step at a time and every step we take will decide the imaginative and prescient for the grander image.

“The expectations of getting to play stunning soccer and never simply win? I feel it’s not attainable to play good soccer until you may have high quality gamers. To play esthetically-pleasing soccer you want top-quality gamers, they want the technical capacity to really flip that concept right into a actuality. All of the gamers should be studying from the identical sheet of music and right here at Milan there are various gamers who meet that definition. Final season I used to be satisfied that Milan could possibly be the shock package deal within the league. I bear in mind their incredible efficiency in Naples in opposition to Napoli… Milan had been main 2-0, they misplaced however the efficiency was actually spectacular and it confirmed that this membership, this crew, can actually purpose to complete within the high components of the desk. This squad and the gamers must carry ahead the undertaking of esthetically-pleasing soccer. We now have the concept and now we should carry it on. We’ll strive to decide on gamers capable of keep on our concept of the sport.

Marco Giampaolo at coaching heart Milanello. (

“If it is not going to take a very long time to create play esthetically-pleasing soccer because the crew is missing gamers of the standard of Boban and Maldini? It’ll definitely take a very long time, and time could also be each my first ally and my first enemy. We now have a really younger squad, most likely the youngest within the league. To start with, we should impart the proper ambition in these gamers. It’s an train in mentality, it will likely be essential to transmit a successful mentality. In a well-balanced league, the variations are tiny and crucial factor is to be sure that everybody has the arrogance and ambition to purpose for the highest. Boban and Maldini have a variety of expertise they usually can provide an awesome contribution to serving to construct this new crew. Taking part in or teaching Milan will not be one thing that is available in each day, if you happen to get this chance, you need to face it with out worry and also you should be bold. You will need to not be afraid of being your self. I’m proud and bold. Now, I’ll have to satisfy the gamers and perceive what we’ll be working with. It is a nice problem, one I can not wait to start.

“In what areas of the sphere I feel have to be strengthened? As I mentioned, I need to get to know all of the gamers within the squad very effectively: from Kessié to Laxalt, Paquetá, Cutrone, Bonaventura, who I hope recovers as quickly as attainable, Caldara who will not be obtainable now and I can not depend on… Earlier than shifting critically in any route, we need to perceive who will be capable of meet the plans we need to enact, and which gamers, though robust, is not going to be useful to our ultimate. As I mentioned, it’s not about nice gamers or not-so-great gamers however about which gamers meet the necessities we want. On this sense, I need to take some interval of reflection. It’s a pity I couldn’t examine these six gamers sooner. We begin off with a restricted variety of gamers however it additionally permits us to finish the crew in one of the simplest ways.

Marco Giampaolo at coaching heart Milanello. (

“The formation I’ll use at Milan? Tomorrow would be the first day of coaching. It’s essential to know the place I’m, what gamers can be found, what the dynamic between the gamers is and I’ll select the formation and tactical method based mostly on the gamers at my disposal. We will definitely play with 4 gamers in protection. Earlier than I make any type of selection, I need to meet everybody and to have the ability to decide everybody with a view to keep away from making any errors.

“If I feel it’s sensible to level to ending within the High Four and which gamers I feel would be the key for this crew? The ultimate goal should be constructed, we are able to’t begin with the ultimate goal – we should take issues one step at a time and with every step we construct in the direction of what we need to obtain. Clearly, our concept is to complete on the high of the desk. However I’ll be specializing in every step. As for which gamers we’ll be constructing the crew on, you talked about three [the journalist mentioned Donnarumma, Paquetá and Piątek], however I choose to speak about all the squad. There are 24-25 gamers, together with the goalkeeper. The squad comes earlier than any particular person participant, each participant should work for the great of the crew. Each single participant should give all the things for the Milan trigger. The distinction is made by a bunch of gamers which are within the crew’s service. There aren’t any prima-donnas or privileged gamers, however Milan gamers.

“If I feel this can be a likelihood to show Juventus unsuitable for not believing in me, as 10 years I used to be the Juve coach for one evening? This isn’t about proving something to anybody. My skilled journey has been filled with ups and downs as you’ve already talked about. I used to be upset by the adverse experiences, however I by no means gave up, each set-back has made me stronger, I’ve all the time sought to begin once more and begin higher. I’ve all the time studied, I prefer to preserve up-to-date, and I imagine you possibly can by no means cease studying. It’s not a revenge, I’m enthusiastic about my job and that zeal has led me right here right now and I hope to remain right here for so long as attainable.

Marco Giampaolo at coaching heart Milanello. (

“How do I feel I can adapt Suso to my conventional 4-3-1-2? Suso is a top quality participant and I like gamers like that. He has dribbling and a persona, he’s able to taking over his man and beating him, he’s able to successful video games alone, with out high quality gamers you don’t win video games. As I mentioned earlier than, I’ve not chosen which formation to make use of but, that can depend upon the gamers at my disposal and what is going to swimsuit them. Suso is likely one of the gamers who will affect what formation I work with, I want to search out the most effective stability to get the most effective out of each Suso and the remainder of the crew.

“If we’ll be seeking to signal skilled gamers out there as final season at Sampdoria I had guys like Quagliarella alongside younger gamers? I work along with the administrators on the mercato, I draw the profiles and the membership does the analysis. I can discuss gamers that I coached, it’s all the time vital to have leaders in your crew, there are gamers who do make a giant distinction, gamers who take the concept the coach has and make it even higher.

Marco Giampaolo at coaching heart Milanello. (

“My Empoli predecessor Sarri is now at Juve? There’s an historic friendship between us… we frequently speak, we studied collectively at Coverciano through the coach’s course. He comes on vacation close to my house, so we see one another, we frequently speak and focus on our views about soccer. Sarri is a good instance of somebody who did all the things the arduous method, he fell into the decrease division however he’s received. He’s made nice sacrifices and thru his ardour he’s achieved nice issues. I owe him quite a bit; actually, he advisable me to Empoli’s board on the time after I was teaching Cremona and that’s how I obtained the chance to educate Empoli. That is the results of mutual respect. Through the years, we’ve each taken from one another and stolen concepts from one another.

“How does it really feel to obtain reward from Milan legends who’ve been important of the membership? I by no means anticipated to have such respect from such vital individuals. When estimated by individuals, the obligations improve after which there’s the possibility of betraying belief. I need to reside as much as their expectations. I’m not afraid of letting them down, I really feel no worry. I’m solely afraid of being late for coaching tomorrow [laughs].

Marco Giampaolo at coaching heart Milanello. (

“The arrival of Theo Hernández? Theo has been studied completely by the membership, he’s a participant with nice high quality and nice potential. He’s younger, 21, and one of many causes I used to be introduced in was assist develop younger gamers who’ve nice potential. I’m very curious to see what sort of the participant he’s. He definitely has the potential to develop into of the most effective gamers in his place on this planet. He’s a distinct sort of participant than Ricardo Rodriguez, maybe extra much like Laxalt. Nevertheless it’ll be vital to judge him earlier than deciding easy methods to use him.

“If I need to carry Dennis Praet from Sampdoria and whether or not Cutrone and André Silva will be capable of discover room at Milan? To start with, I’d prefer to thank President Ferrero of Sampdoria. He put me within the ultimate place to do an awesome job, and regardless of my contract having years left to run, he allowed me to go away and be a part of Milan. As for Praet, I’ve coached him and I’ve a variety of respect for him. However he isn’t essentially a participant that we’ll be concentrating on, as a result of now we have 4 gamers in that place within the squad. In the mean time he’s not a Milan participant and now we have loads of choices in that place, so I don’t know the way issues will unfold. As for Silva and Cutrone, that’s one thing I’ll must maintain. My first impression is that they’re very totally different gamers by way of traits. I’ve to judge how they slot in with all of the forwards obtainable within the squad. I can resolve who is really useful for our concept of soccer and who could be much less useful. The power to selection is a luxurious, the issue is whenever you don’t have choices.

“What would my ultimate sort of participant by way of psychological and technical traits be? A hybrid of Maldini and Boban [laughs].

Marco Giampaolo at coaching heart Milanello. (

“If we are able to say that my objective is to make the followers fall in love with the crew once more and make them proud by the way in which we play soccer? I don’t need to make a variety of guarantees, I’ll work arduous. There are a lot of issues that go in managing a membership, from the coaching regimes to every particular person participant’s physiological traits. It’s an enormous job. I promise that I’ll do my best possible, I’ll work as arduous as I can and provides all the things I’ve obtained. I plan to reach at Milanello at 08:00 within the morning and never go away till late at evening. I like gamers who’re accountable and really feel a way of belonging to the membership, gamers who’re dependable. I don’t like gamers who don’t like working arduous. In right now’s soccer, you possibly can not afford to not have a really skilled method to your job. The one approach to obtain vital issues is thru full dedication. I really feel this accountability. The followers should see the outcomes of our arduous work. We need to recreate the sensation and bond, that sense of union, between the crew and the followers. However that can all come right down to our angle and the way we work.

“If getting excluded from the Europa League is a missed alternative or a blessing in disguise? Clearly it’s a pity as a result of we’ll be lacking out on a European competitors. However on the similar time, it permits us to work extra through the week, it permits us to organize for every sport with extra time and put together in a greater method.

“Sacchi known as me a ‘grasp’ of soccer? [Laughs] I’m buzzing, I received’t touch upon it. I’m a coach who does his job with nice ardour.

Marco Giampaolo at coaching heart Milanello. (

“How does my soccer philosophy sit with the Milan administrators? I’ve a variety of flows, my colleagues have all been gamers on the highest degree. They’ve the sensibility to know… I’ve not been urgent, clearly I’ve my viewpoint and my opinions. I’ve requested for gamers within the brief time period is to be useful, however we’ve already mentioned it. I belief their information. They know precisely what I’m like, they’ve studied me quite a bit. Once I say that I want a participant they usually current me the other then it signifies that we’re distant, their strategies are all the time related, however I don’t suppose that I’ve ever been urgent.

“If I’ll be utilizing final season’s formation within the first friendlies or attempt to adapt the gamers instantly to my fashion of soccer? As I mentioned, six key gamers can be lacking, so we’ll be beginning out with a restricted squad. I can be testing out and finishing up new concepts with gamers who had been a part of the crew final yr. However I don’t must experiment, I want to know the participant’s traits, and from that I’ll resolve what formation most closely fits them. If you go to the tailor, the tailor must measure you, it’s not you who tells the tailor what to do. Soccer is not only what you see on Sunday through the sport – each day is vital, each coaching session can educate vital issues. And that’s what issues.

“If Donnarumma would be the beginning goalkeeper subsequent yr? Donnarumma is a incredible participant. Very hardly ever do I ask for opposition gamers’ shirts… 3-Four years in the past I requested for Donnarumma’s. Clearly, if it was solely as much as me, he’d be the goalkeeper, however it’s not my resolution.

Marco Giampaolo at coaching heart Milanello. (

“The legacy of Gattuso and the variations with my soccer? I can solely say that after we performed in opposition to one another, the 2 occasions we met, I complimented Gattuso for the dialectical administration of the scenario. He all the time stepped up and accepted accountability. As a coach, you need to settle for accountability and Gattuso was all the time very clear in doing so. From a technical viewpoint, the crew had loads of high quality, typically performed very effectively and the crew was well-organized defensively, with a variety of high quality added on high of this group. Now, I’ve my very own concepts, however first I need to consider the gamers at my disposal. I must get to know them effectively, to get the most effective out of them to play the kind of soccer wherein each participant looks like a protagonist. The gamers should be proactive, they should be enjoying the sport and never permitting the sport to play them, they have to not be on the again foot. However all that requires arduous work, each day, and I anticipate each participant to be decided and to work arduous I would like them to work arduous on this undertaking we’re creating as a result of they imagine on this undertaking. It’s a really, very, difficult job.

“If I mentioned Milan throughout my assembly final month with Giovanni Galeone and Max Allegri? The dinner was with Galeone, who’s somebody I labored with previously, and at the moment Allegri was our participant. It’s all the time nice to have the ability to speak and focus on with colleagues, with fellow coaches. I feel it’s essential to know precisely the place you might be, to study as a lot as attainable.

“If any high gamers have been mentioned with the membership? We’re solely on the lookout for high gamers [laughs].

Paolo Maldini, Zvonimir Boban and Marco Giampaolo throughout a press-conference at Casa Milan on July 8, 2019. (

“How lengthy will it take to develop my model of soccer and the way will the construction of the following two weeks at Milanello be like? To reply this query would require a protracted, very long time. There’s a schedule to observe and the gamers should perform the duties they’re assigned. I mentioned earlier than that there are steps to observe, first – we should get to know one another, the gamers and I – they should get to know me and I must get to know them. The very first thing I’ll do tomorrow is speak to the gamers, to know what sort of gamers they’re. After that, I’ll begin fascinated with what sort of formation and magnificence of play we are able to use. It’s a long-term plan. As I mentioned earlier than, time might be my biggest ally but additionally my biggest enemy. The gamers should be satisfied to purchase in to the undertaking after which once they do purchase in, it will likely be their work that can result in success and the outcomes we want. The imaginative and prescient is there, we all know the place we need to go, there’s a variety of work to do however I’m not afraid of it.

“What sort of method can we anticipate at Milan, contemplating my Sampdoria attacked quite a bit but additionally conceded quite a bit? It’s vital to enhance the evaluation. The goal-difference is vital, we should enhance on it, and one of the simplest ways to try this is with better-quality gamers. Clearly, we need to rating extra and concede fewer. However the one approach to actually do that’s with better-quality gamers.”


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