NEWS
Tuesday November 15 2016
Costacurta: ‘Milan, spend in January’

Alessandro Costacurta says Milan must spend in January to reach the Champions League, and discusses the Derby della Madonnina.

The Rossoneri are currently third in Serie A, which would mean Champions League qualification if they could maintain that position until the end of the season.

“It’s something positive and unexpected,” Costacurta admitted in an interview with MilanNews.

“There’s definitely been some luck in respect of certain incidents, but you need that too to get results. I see a well-organised team.

“I think if they can remain in this position until January then the club will make an effort to improve the squad, to allow the Champions League dream to be more than that.

“Personally I see Milan as being behind other teams, and to try to close the gap they should go and get another central midfielder.

“[Manuel] Locatelli is doing very well, and he’ll do well in future, but I don’t think he can withstand the whole season. For me they need a midfielder quickly.

“I’d also look to get another central defender, [Alessio] Romagnoli and [Gabriel] Paletta are doing well but I’m not sure they’re 100 per cent reliable yet.”

Sunday night brings the Derby della Madonnina against Inter, Stefano Pioli’s first game on the Nerazzurri bench.

“In my opinion, it’s not an important derby in terms of the table, because - in my opinion - neither team will finish in the Champions League.

“It’s a more particular derby as Inter have just changed Coach, while Milan are in excellent form. I see Milan as favourites, because the difference with Inter recently has been the very good spirit, which often wins games.

“I can assure you though, I’ve played a lot of games as favourite and many times I didn’t win.

“In fact, I won more starting as an underdog… So I’d say Inter [will win] but let’s hope not!”