MILAN- ALBERTINI, GAZZETTA- La Gazzetta today interviewed Albertini, a former AC Milan player and put him under the lens this Milan and beyond.
Milan- Albertini, Gazzetta: “De Ketelaere as Boban is a champion”
And for De Ketelaere, time is proving Milan’s strategy right. Will it be a scudetto hit?
«Yes, respecting the canons of the current AC Milan. With this philosophy they have won a championship with merit and can repeat themselves. Spending is important, if they decide to invest 35 million it means that they have carefully evaluated ”.
Where do you see him on the pitch?
«In Pioli’s 4-2-3-1 he can cover several roles, but he is first of all an attacking midfielder. A potential champion, because he is a modern player of international caliber, and because at 21 he already has more experience in the Champions League than many current AC Milan players. And then there is the usual factor that will affect, you will see ».
«Stefano Pioli. Tonali, Leao, Theo, Kessie himself… How many has he improved? The great coaches are the ones with whom even the champions grow, but Pioli did even better: his Milan became champions by improving. Milan chose De Ketelaere, but he too chose the Rossoneri: he knows that the technical project is perfect for him ».
What do you like best?
«He is not only talented, he knows how to make himself available to the team’s needs and play in many areas of the pitch. I think he has the potential to join the ranks of those greats like De Bruyne or Kroos: different from each other in characteristics, but all capable of giving their best in a game of positional exchanges. It’s today’s football, in my time Boban was one of the few to interpret it in this way: he was incredibly modern and had extraordinary qualities, this led him to play as a midfielder, as a winger, as an attacking midfielder, always at the highest levels. Here, De Ketelaere is totally different from Boban, but he is as versatile as he was: the tactical path made by Zvone in Milan can be a model, in this sense De Ketelaere can retrace his footsteps ».
There are those who approach it to Kakà …
“Fascinating comparison. But I don’t see much in common, apart from a clean face (laughs, ed) ».
And Ziyech? Should Milan try for him too?
“I’m just saying one thing. Milan have understood where they want to go, in Italy and in Europe. And to win again you need experienced players: I would try, and how ».
Better between Sanches or another bet, Chukwuemeka?
«Sanches is young but already established, very strong. But if Paolo and Massara believe that Chukwuemeka can fit in quickly and do well, I trust ».
What’s the deal in this market?
«To date, Lukaku’s return to Inter. To stay firmly at the top you can’t do without a 20-goal-a-season striker. Then maybe Giroud will play them at Milan, eh… ».