Paolo Di Canio’s words on Inter and Milan: ‘Both are doing very well in Europe but in Serie A they cling to the alibi of Napoli flying and that’s not enough’
Paul DiCanio spoke about the delicate moment experienced by the two Milan teams, Inter and Milan. Below are his words tuttosport.
EXPECTATIONS – «For me they started as favourites. I was surprised by Milan’s vertical collapse in January and didn’t think about Inter’s ups and downs, especially after beating Napoli earlier in the year. Both are doing very well in Europe, but in Serie A they cling to the alibi of Napoli flying and that’s not enough. The points in the table are sparse, Milan and Inter in the league are well below their level and the defeats are too many»
RISK OF FAILING FROM THE FIRST FOUR – “If you also think about Lazio’s wage costs, it would be technically and economically devastating. I think just the Champions League final, even without winning it, could make the missed final in the league make sense. But finishing in the top four counts too much so I think ironically it would be better to leave the Champions League now to not miss the minimum Serie A goal.”
INTER – “The worst thing about the Nerazzurri is the inability to regenerate after a good performance. This year 2023 it’s always been like this, with bad races after good practice sessions. The players are responsible, they make mistakes. It’s as if Contes’ two years hadn’t taught him anything, they hadn’t appropriated his competitive meanness. It probably also happens because while Inter have good players, they don’t have established champions who have enough wins to handle certain moments.”
MILAN – «Last year the team excelled and took advantage of Inter’s mistakes. But Milan have normal, functional players; He won when the left chain formed by Theo and Leao went beyond his level. But can we continue with Giroud and Ibra at their age? For example, Tomori did well last year, but now? At Chelsea he was the fifth choice, he can’t become Baresi or Beckenbauer. I’m not saying Tomori isn’t good, but there are categories. If the team doesn’t go 150% while staying compact, it doesn’t pay off. I thought at the time that Leao would finally explode, but between discontinuity, wrong attitudes and the contract extension, it has become a problem. And if you lose an excellence like he could have been, how do you stay on top in the face of the rest? Milan surprised me negatively because I expected general growth, instead they lost their security and identity. If it makes a difference to have Ibra on the pitch or on the bench, it means the players haven’t matured and need a tutor.”