Calabria Reveals Joy of Realizing Childhood Milan Dream

Born in Brescia but bred in Milan, Rossoneri captain Davide Calabria is living a childhood dream. The 26-year-old fullback is set to lead his team into battle against the Nerazzurri in arguably the most anticipated two matches of the season as they prepare to tussle for a spot in the UEFA Champions League final.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS (via MilanNews) in an exclusive, Calabria draw attention to a variety of subjects, including Rafael Leao, Theo Hernandez, and what to expect in the UCL.

“It’s the most important competition, but we have to consider it as a starting point and consolidate ourselves by playing this competition every year. Every derby brings enormous pressure and playing it in Europe is a unique opportunity. What I love is that there is rivalry and, at the same time, huge respect between the two clubs. I can’t wait to experience it.”

He then revealed the joy of wearing the armband for a club he has been a part of since 2006.

“Being the captain of one of the best clubs in the world, having grown up in a Milan family, is something too big. My life’s dream. It’s a dream come true, even if I still have a few trophies to win.”

Calabria didn’t hesitate to disclose his opinions of Leao and Theo, who he believes haven’t reached their full potential yet.

“Rafa has a natural change of pace that is impossible to stop. If he runs away from you, you can only  hope he gets it wrong. He has huge potential,” before adding: “Theo has an almost unique running power: he is one of the best full-backs in the world and I think that hasn’t yet realized his potential.”

Finally, Calabria was quizzed about who he expects to meet in the final, between Manchester City and Real Madrid, if they do win against Inter over two legs.

“Real Madrid or City? With a derby ahead, it’s difficult for me to answer, even if the dream of winning the Champions League is in our heads. It’s like that for everyone: I play football because I want to win trophies. Players from Inter, Madrid and City will feel the same way, but we must all be focused on the semi-finals.”

Calabria, who has 211 appearances for Milan, is set to captain his side in arguably the biggest two games of his career so far.

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