Sunday Dec 06, 2020. 09:00
Former AC Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng has backed the current Rossoneri team to bring the Serie A title back to the San Siro.
Milan, under coach Stefano Pioli, have enjoyed a great start to the 2020-21 season and lead the Italian top-flight log with a haul of 23 points from nine matches. They will be in action tonight when they play away to Sampdoria.
Boateng, who played for Milan from 2010 to 2013, believes the current team has what it takes to end the dominance of Juventus (who have won the last nine successive Scudettos).
“We [Boateng’s Milan team] had plenty of champions: Ibra [Zlatan Ibrahimovic], Robinho, [Clarence] Seedorf, [Andrea] Pirlo, [Gennaro] Gattuso, Thiago [Silva]. Even when we didn’t play our best game, we thought one of them would make us win. Opponents feared us,” Boateng told Repubblicanewspaper, as quoted by Ghana Soccer Net.
“I see a team today and it’s something I hadn’t witnessed for a long time,” he continued. “Everyone’s helping each other, there are positive behaviours, opponents fear them as a team.
“If you see Ibra celebrating from the stands, it means that the spirit is there. They can really win the Scudetto.
“Milan play the best football in Italy also with players who are not known. For example, I didn’t know who [Alexis] Saelemaekers was, but he played a perfect match against Fiorentina.
“Pioli created a group and if you take the best out of your players you are a great coach. However, it would all change if fans would be allowed into the stadiums.”
The 33-year-old Ghanaian, who is currently on the books of Italian second-tier side Monza, also revealed how his move to Serie B came about.
“I had no doubts. [Silvio] Berlusconi [former Italian prime minister and head of Milan] and [Adriano] Galliani [former Milan CEO] brought me into the best team of the world from Portsmouth ten years ago,” explained Boateng, referencing two influential figures associated with the ambitious Monza project.
“They needed help and I said yes. Leading Monza to Serie A would be like winning the Scudetto with Milan.
“I have fun, there isn’t the same atmosphere of Serie A games, but I feel young again, only football matters, simple things and normal stadiums.”