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Milan technical director Paolo Maldini says he is “proud” of Rossoneri’s impressive season so far, but has urged the team not to let go of the chance for a first Serie A title since 2011.
Stefano Piolis ‘men lead rivals Inter by two points at the Serie A summit after Sandro Tonalis’ winner in the 92nd minute secured a decisive 2-1 victory in Lazio on Sunday, even though the Nerazzurri have a match in hand.
Milan recently held six consecutive leagues to bolster their Scudetto hopes, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s opening at the Stadio Olimpico representing the first goal Pioli’s men had conceded in 568 minutes of league football.
Such an impressive form has created hope that Milan will win their first Serie A title since 2010-11 this season, and Maldini is proud of the way they have proven their doubters wrong in this campaign.
“As a Milanist, I am proud. Proud of the team, the staff, of the way we behaved and of all the fans who give us this moment,” Maldini told the club’s official media channels.
“When you have a season like this, the goal is to do the best we can. With the great opportunity we have, we have to aim much higher.
“I remember at the start of the season that some did not even consider us top four, but that is something we have used as motivation.
“The numbers speak for themselves. We know that to be here, to be one of the two best over the last two years, we have to hold on to this sacrificial spirit, I think it is our most important attribute. “
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After finishing a distant second place after the runaway Scudetto winners Inter last season, Milan are chasing their 19th league title after being unbeaten in their last 12 Serie A matches.
Maldini – who won seven Serie A titles and an incredible five Europa Cup or Champions League trophies during his own glittering Rossoneri career – has urged Pioli’s men to seize the opportunity to write history after more than a decade without a title.
“If we have come this far, it is because we have always thought we could,” he added. “Even when we did not communicate it in public, we inside the group always believed in it.
“And that’s how it should be, because we can not let it go like an everyday thing. In the last 20 years, Milan have won two Scudetti. We’re talking about Milan!
“Winning this year would be an incredible result, and when you have a chance like this, you have to give it your all. Should things not work out, you know you’re doing your best. ”
Milan’s next Serie A outings see them host Fiorentina on Sunday, with each of their four remaining matches coming up against opponents in the top half.