Tassotti reveals secrets of Milan’s defence

by | May 18, 2022 10:31

Milan legend Mauro Tassotti explains the secrets of Milan’s defence, from Mike Maignan to Theo Hernandez.

The Rossoneri are just one point away from winning the Serie A title and their defensive solidity has been key to their victories this season.

The Rossoneri have only conceded six goals since February and are the less-beaten defence in Europe’s top 5 leagues since March.

“Everyone has a different defending style. My defenders used to move together. These Milan players defend individually,” Tassotti told La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

“They accept one vs. one situations, they take risks to get a numerical advantage in the middle. They have surprised me. Everyone has improved so much.”

Is Pierre Kalulu the most surprising Milan defender?

“He is, he could have suffered the absence of a player like Simon Kjaer, the leader of the defensive department, but he has always done really well. He is fast and Milan’s playing style helps him emerge,” said Tassotti.

“Maignan has great responsibility. He doesn’t only make saves, but he is involved in the play.

Fikayo Tomori is so good. He is quick and aggressive, he reminds me of [Pietro] Vierchowod.

Davide Calabria? I’ve always followed him and I appreciate his continuous development. It’s important to have a product of the academy in the first team. He has had a great season and deserves to be considered for the national team.”

Theo Hernandez has been one of the standout performers this season and scored one of the best goals of the campaign against Atalanta on Sunday.

“Congratulations to the club for getting him from Real Madrid, where he was a reserve,” said Tassotti.

“He has worked hard to improve and has unique characteristics. What he did on Sunday, it’s something that only a few players can do.

“These are things that Messi or Weah could do. An incredible mix of power and technique.

“I was at San Siro on Sunday, and the atmosphere was incredible. The unity between the team and the fans is unique and their desire to win remembers me of the great Milan teams of the past. They deserve it after so many difficult years.”



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