Milan legend Gianni Rivera hopes the Rossoneri win the title this season and explains why Carlo Ancelotti is better than José Mourinho.
The 2022-23 Serie A campaign starts today with Stefano Pioli’s Milan facing Udinese at San Siro.
The Rossoneri’s target is to retain the title won last season. Both Inter and Milan have won 19 Scudetto each in their history, so they’ll aim for the ‘second star’ this term.
“Of course, Milan can still make it, they deservedly won in May and they haven’t changed much this summer,” Rivera told La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.
“Every victory has a meaning. As for Milan, they could have gotten the second star earlier, but something didn’t work.”
Rivera spent almost his entire playing career with the Rossoneri, playing 501 games with the Serie A giants. He is one of the most iconic players in the history of Italian football.
“I should know Mourinho better before judging him,” said Rivera. “To me, he seems a coach who sometimes wins and sometimes loses.”
Isn’t it what every other coach does?
“Not really,” said Rivera. “Carlo Ancelotti always wins, everywhere he goes and that’s impressive.”
The Italian tactician has started the season by winning the European Supercup against Eintracht Frankfurt. He became European and Spanish champion in 2021-22, becoming the first coach to win a domestic title in each one of the top five European leagues.
He is among the nominees for the 2021-22 UEFA Coach Of The Year, along with Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.