Nesta Assesses Crumbling Milan Ahead of Inter Derby Clash

Milan icon Alessandro Nesta, who spent 10 seasons in the Rossoneri colors, has urged the club management to invest in bolstering the squad following a half-hearted attempt this transfer market. However, his comments arrive a tad bit late, given the business end of the transfer market on Tuesday midnight.

The legendary defender now turned coach gave an exclusive interview on Christian Vieiri’s Bobo TV (via Calciomercato), and emphasized on the lack of a ‘game-changer’ who can turn things around.

“What would I change in Milan? I would do a different market. They have to reinforce the bench, they’re it’s always the same and you can’t always go like that for two years. Pioli has no players who can enter and change the game, especially a center forward. Ibra and Giroud are their age now and at their 60th birthday. After they also helped you in pressing, you have to take them off. We need someone who extends the team and scores. It’s time for the management to make an effort. After winning a Scudetto, you have to put in more money or at least clarify, saying we can’t spend and let’s go ahead with what we have.”

He criticized Milan’s defensive line, saying they are prone to getting stretched too much on the wings.

“I think the psychophysical condition is different compared to last year. They always go for the opponents high and go 1 vs 1. They risk a lot and stretch too much. Also last year they were defending forwards but this year they don’t press so hard and then you’re in trouble. They stay halfway, and then you pay for playing this way. Now I think it’s due to tiredness and physical condition. In the long run, you pay for it physically.”

Nesta also gave his opinion on Theo Hernandez and Rafael Leao, two of the Rossoneri’s most valuable players.

“Theo and Leao are extraordinary players. I think the Frenchman can play for any club in the world, I have no doubts. For Rafa, I see it differently. He too, in terms of potential, can play anywhere but he is still missing a little something. He often doesn’t recognize the space. You can’t always take the ball and dribble. You also have to attack the space without the ball at your feet, make different movements, otherwise the opponents will understand you and stop you right away.”

Milan are winless in six consecutive games since a 2-1 win over Salernitana at the start of the year. The most recent demolition at the hands of Sassuolo has invited much criticism, and Pioli’s side will look to bounce back next weekend when they take on Inter in the Derby di Milano.

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