Saturday December 1 2012
Defiant De Sciglio

Mattia De Sciglio has been one of the outstanding players of Milan’s campaign to date, but, as Dylan Fahy writes, his professionalism on and off the pitch has stood out above all else. 

Robinho and Riccardo Montolivo led the celebrations for Milan at full-time against Juventus at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday evening. The entire team ran towards the Curva Sud holding hands, as the Brazilian’s controversial first-half penalty secured a narrow victory over the Italian champions. While joining in initially, full-back Mattia De Sciglio was one of the first Rossoneri players to leave the field after shaking hands with his Turin-based counterparts.

“We must keep our feet on the ground and look towards Catania,” asserted 20-year-old – the first Milan player to engage with the Press, before any other senior figure within the squad. The promising youngster’s display throughout was one of a player several years his senior, as he silenced the Bianconeri’s threat down the right side with Kwadwo Asamoah in particular having little to no effect on the game whatsoever. Aiding the midfield, he also blocked Claudio Marchisio’s trademark darting runs into the box whenever possible.

De Sciglio grew up in Rozzano, a small municipality south-west of Milan, and joined the club in 2002. Having spent 10 years in the side’s academy, he was included in the squad for the 2011-12 season and made his debut in the Champions League against Viktoria Plzen. Despite featuring in the derby against Inter, he only played a bit part before being handed the No 2 jersey in the summer ahead of the current campaign. The Milan native has been one of the shining lights in what has been an abysmal start to the season.

Aside from his impressive appearances since breaking on to the scene last year, De Sciglio has hit a chord with the Rossoneri faithful because of his professional attitude on and off the pitch. One of the underlining complaints of the team from seasoned supporters over the past several months have been that certain members of Massimiliano Allegri’s squad are simply ‘unlikeable’ characters. Since the exodus of key figures such as Gennaro Gattuso and Clarence Seedorf, the club has been missing players who represent the values and sentiments of the supporters.

De Sciglio has been forced to deny speculation that he will be a regular in Cesare Prandelli’s Italy line-ups in qualification for the 2014 World Cup following his performance against Juventus. His raw ability only needs time and a consistent run of games to mature to the level in which he could feature on the Azzurri stage. However, there are no doubts that he already has the right kind of attitude to slot straight into the side should Prandelli make that call. 

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Have your say...
Yes i think this totally correct. I have been watchin de sciglio and instantly could see his quality and how mature he seems for his age. I think his temperament is great and hope he continues to learn and grow and will become the backbone for the future of milan :)
on the 19th January, 2013 at 6:19pm

De Sciglio-Ogbonna-Chiellini-Criscito
(Santon-Ranocchia-Bonucci-De Ceglie)

De Rossi-Pirlo-Marchisio


Balotelli-El Shaarawy

Looks like a really decent squad for 2014 and some years beyond.
on the 5th December, 2012 at 6:32pm
de sciglio is fine young player. impressed at how he performed against juve the other day. this is good the future of italian football. hope he wont be loaned to smaller clubs, and given space to grow in milan.
on the 3rd December, 2012 at 4:00am
de sciligeo is fine and a comfidence depender i love the way he plays and i love his atittude so serious.and again we are waiting to the next talent young milanis hachim mastour
on the 2nd December, 2012 at 5:56pm
De-sciglio is far beta than Abate in the defence.@ such age he's giving the team all he got.just to prove that,young players deserves to be given the chance to show their abilities on and off the pitch.SES,De sciglio and Montolivo are milan's best @ the moment.....
on the 2nd December, 2012 at 7:30am
i find him to be way more consistent than abate. Abate cost us the derby against inter last sason, and de sciglio's ball control is superb. abate may be better in attack but de sciglio is more complete in defending
on the 1st December, 2012 at 12:11pm
I think it shows that young players need to be given a chance when they are young not when when they have been hanging around and loaned out for years. Milan are currently being lead by two 20 year olds who are showing more composure and leadership qualities than other players on the time which was twice their ages (in football years). Robinho and Pato are embarrassing. Why we did not sell them instead of Thiago Silva and Ibra!
on the 1st December, 2012 at 11:11am
As a Milan fan, I've always felt that possessing a certain amount of class is one of the underpinnings of this club. I'm proud that De Sciglio is a member of the team, and proud that he's living up to that professionalism on and off the pitch, even at such a young age. I personally think De Sciglio, SES and Montolivo are Milan's finest at the moment.
on the 1st December, 2012 at 10:55am
He is already better than Abate, Maggio, & Santon. Abate & Maggio have pace but are not great at defending or delivering quality balls into the box. He looking like a great defender, a fine athlete, & he has a cultured right foot. Is Di Sciglio really that young? Wasn't Lahm playing for Germany at the age of 20? If Di Sciglio keeps progressing at his current rate, Prandelli will have to pick him.
on the 1st December, 2012 at 10:46am
De Sciglio is a great fullback in the making. He should not be rushed to Prandelli's side right now.
Forza De Sciglio and Forza Milan
on the 1st December, 2012 at 9:58am

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