Matthaus: "We Can Be The Best"
Lothar Matthaus has put pressure on his AC Milan players to succeed by claiming that together they can be the best in the world. Milan have bought several players to the San Siro since Matthaus joined in February, and are now bidding to go far in the Champions League after Matthaus got the club back into the elite competition.
Building for the future has always been one of Matthaus' priorities, especially at Milan. He has spent nearly £30 million on young players since his arrival in Italy, from across the planet. He's brought young players from Brazil and Argentina, from Norway and Denmark, and even from Iran. Many people haven't even heard of the players he's brought to the Rossoneri, but staff think very highly of the youngsters. In fact, many were signed almost immediately, before the transfer window even opened.
As well as unknown youngsters, Matthaus has also bought young players who are well-known to the football world. He's signed young stars such as Will Hughes, and undoubtedly the biggest signing of his career, Antoine Griezmann, a young, but well-respected French winger from Real Sociedad. Many are expecting that to turn out as a legendary signing for the Rossoneri.
Matthaus was speaking in a press conference before he takes his Chile side to face Spain, when one of the journalists asked him where he thought his new army of young players could take him. He answered "there's not really much to say about it. I've bought them because I believe they're some of the best young players on the planet right now. They'll develop into great players, and that's why I'm delighted they're here. If the best ones develop to their full potential, we can become the best side that the world has ever seen, and I'll be here to see it."
The German has said previously that his ultimate goal for Milan is to win the UEFA Champions League, the competition he has got them back into. They are already showing signs that this is just over the horizon, with Matthaus winning two European trophies already in his Milan career. He won the Europa League for the second year running last year, and also beat Arsenal in the UEFA Super Cup just a few days ago. They face Marseille, Olympiakos, and Hannover in their first season back in the Champions League, with the majority of pundits expecting them to qualify easily from this group.