Sunday May 8 2011
Thiago Silva and Abate celebrate

Thiago Silva and Ignazio Abate were rocks of the Milan defence this season and are already looking ahead to the Champions League.

“This is a highly-competitive side and I always believed, but only on this evening did I realise we could do it,” said Thiago Silva of their 0-0 draw with Roma that clinched the Scudetto.

“It's truly difficult to win in Serie A, so all of us deserve praise. There is no stand-out player, as we all did well and can all celebrate.

“Now we can look ahead and my next dream is to win the Champions League with Milan.”

Teammate Abate was a revelation, as he had been a winger who was transformed into an effective right-back.

“We are all happy, as it has been an extraordinary year,” said the Italian.

“I must thank all my teammates and especially Alessandro Nesta, who gave me advice throughout the campaign.

“I did believe that I could play this role and the Coach put me straight in there during a delicate encounter with Real Madrid. Massimiliano Allegri always pushed me to improve myself, even in a new position.

“I've played in many different Leagues, but this is the football that counts. A big club means always confirming your success, so I look ahead to improving myself next season.”