AC Milan sporting director Paolo Maldini believes their game against Atalanta is both the start and the end of Rossoneri’s 15-month journey.
After a disappointing result againstCagliari
are back in action this weekend as they takeAtalanta
at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday.
A win will guarantee a Champions League spot, although they can still qualify with a draw or loss depending on the results from bothNapoli
“We had the chance to close it early, but symbolically this is certainly the start and end of a journey over 15 months,”
Maldini told Sky Sport Italia after the 0-0 draw with Cagliari
“Once we have a better idea of where the team will finish, we’ll be able to discuss things more. The club asked for many things and I think we met almost all those targets.
“The Champions League was not a request, but certainly something we are hoping for.”
Milan have put up great shows against top teams during the season and their game against Gasperini’s Atalanta is a huge test for Stefano Pioli’s men.
“The good, and less good, thing about having a younger team is that they can really surprise you. A team that wants to become truly strong must be stable and that is something we’re still working on.”
Maldini was asked if he believes Milan can qualify for the Champions League.
“Of course! We achieved so much to get here and it’s in our hands, so that is the message we need to pass on to the lads.”