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Monza: A Serie C club with Serie A mindset

“We are a club in Serie C that already thinks with a Serie A mind.”

Monza are no common third-tier team in Italy. They are owned by former Prime Minister and Milan president Silvio Berlusconi, who went back to football in 2018 after offering his cherished Rossoneri a year previously.

Now, Monza are dreaming big– intending to be in Serie A in2021 The Bagai were on track for promo to the second division prior to the coronavirus pandemic, easily leading of Serie C by 16 points through 27 games.

While COVID-19 has actually stopped Monza’s mission, their goals stay the very same, in spite of the disturbance.

“It is undoubtedly true that we are experiencing a very challenging situation,” Sporting director Filippo Antonelli informed Statistics Carry out. “We remain in consistent contact with the players and the personnel frequently send out customised exercises. To date we have actually done something amazing, and the players stay truly focused and extremely inspired to accomplish the Serie B goal.

” Monza’s ownership is deeply strong and we enjoy a prevalent network of contacts and relations developed over the lots of winning years, that makes it simpler for the club to continue their strategies, even in hard times, such as the one we are currently living.

“Such a situation was unpredictable, however safety comes first. With patience, once all of this will be over, we will start again with greater enthusiasm. Monza aims to be playing in Serie A. An exciting opportunity for all of us that we live with a lot of passion and commitment to make the most and best we can, day after day.”

There is a Milan feel about Monza. After buying the club through his Fininvest business, Berlusconi relied on his relied on right-hand male Adriano Galliani– who was born in Monza– as CEO. Their collaboration assisted turn the Rossoneri into a superpower, with 8 Serie A titles and 5 Champions League/European Cup crowns amongst the 29 pieces of flatware in between 1986 and 2017.

Monza are likewise coached by former Milan midfielder and boss Cristian Brocchi, while the club boasts ex-Rossoneri defender Gabriel Paletta.

“When Berlusconi became the owner of the club, there was an immediate change of pace in the interest towards Monza, both from the media and the general public,” Antonelli stated. “The effect of such a high standing ownership on the club and the fans was considerable and undoubtedly amazing: the sports centre has actually been refurbished [redevelopment of turf pitches, synthetic pitches, gym, locker rooms and offices], the centers have actually been protected, the Stadio Brianteo has actually been redeveloped through numerous interventions [lighting, central grandstand, sky box], not to point out the enhancements on the transfer market with the conditioning of the squad.

” I think that all of this is what makes the distinction, besides, naturally, the winning mindset that Silvio Berlusconi has actually inscribed on the club, the team and the personnel in the conferences that we were fortunate adequate to have with him … when it comes to our CEO [Galliani], he typically informs us that he ‘belonged’ to Monza for 10 years, he then was ‘borrowed’ to Milan for 31 years and now he’s back at Monza.”

Berlusconi’s existence has actually altered the landscape for Monza, who attempted to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic prior to the star striker decided to move 15 kilometres away to Milan– the capital of Lombardy. Monza continue to be connected with the 38- year-old as he deals with an unpredictable future at San Siro.

“Ibrahimovic is a champion, our ownership has always hired champion players,” added Antonelli, who has no difficulty bringing brand-new players to Monza under Berlusconi’s ownership.

“If compared to how the situation was before, now a phone call is enough to immediately make a negotiation possible, today everyone would like to receive a call from Monza: at this time it is much easier for me to convince players to come to Monza.”

For Antonelli, Monza suggests more than a lot of. The 41- year-old emerged from the club’s youth system in 1997 prior to ultimately returning in 2015 as soon as his playing days were over, seeing Monza’s transfer and 2 seasons in Serie D.

“I am very fond of these colours,” Antonelli continued. Monza are a club with fans who have perfects. The more time passes, the more I comprehend this reality and I feel significantly associated with this project.”

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Written by Tochi Azubuike

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