Alessandro Nesta confessed he dreams of coaching both Lazio and Milan, as he analyses his two former clubs facing off on Sunday.
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The 41-year-old started his career at hometown club Lazio before moving to San Siro in 2002 for €30.5m.
“I can’t say who I’d prefer to win, as that would be like choosing between two children,” Nesta told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I still see Gennaro Gattuso and Simone Inzaghi as teammates and I guess I always will. I am curious to see how they are experiencing management and their football ideas.
“Rino hasn’t changed at all, but Simone has. As a player, all he wanted was the goal and he saw nothing else, but in order to be a Coach, he’s been forced ti wide his horizons. His Lazio have a strong defence that turns into a dangerous attack on the counter.
“Lazio are very lucky to have Inzaghi, as he has made courageous decisions. Who else would’ve left out Felipe Anderson for so long?
“I hope Rino can become courageous and lead Milan back to the best, too. The first thing he has to do is pick up the pieces, then he can start proposing his own tactical ideas.
“I haven’t heard from Gattuso lately, but he’s so committed to his work and few have passion like that.”
Nesta has worked as a Coach too with Miami FC, but has some advice for old friend Gattuso.
“At times, you need to lie to players a little bit. If you tell them absolutely everything, you risk ‘killing’ their self-esteem. Gattuso can at times be a little too honest.
“Nobody has a magic wand to suddenly fix everything. Lazio have built on a project and made the most out of their squad, but to think they wanted Marcelo Bielsa and got Simone instead.”
Milan invested heavily on the transfer market over the summer, including €42m for Juventus hero Leonardo Bonucci.
“It was a very courageous decision, but unfortunately one that put too much responsibility on his shoulders. I think Bonucci trusted in his own capabilities a little too much,” continued Nesta.
“As for Alessio Romagnoli, he ought to be playing in the Champions League to help his development. Lazio can target a top four finish this season, but Milan can at most aim for the Europa League.
“I adore both teams and frankly would love to be the Coach of both sides. I realised at Miami that I enjoyed being a Coach and that is what I want to do in life. I left Miami after two years because I wanted fresh challenges. For example, I’d like to win a second division title.
“I had proposals from Belgium, France and Turkey. I also spoke to Crotone, but am probably not ready for that kind of situation, as they need to ensure their Serie A status.
“I’ll be in Italy in March anyway and will visit Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta. I consider Gasperini to be one of my inspirations as a Coach, along with Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte.”
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