Ivan Gazidis: ‘We have brought Milan back. People said it was impossible’

Chief govt on the imaginative and prescient that delivered this season’s Serie A title, fears over soccer’s future and his huge remorse at Arsenal

“It takes a little time to work out the significance,” Ivan Gazidis says as, in his position because the chief govt of Milan, he describes his feelings after the club won their first Serie A title in 11 years the weekend earlier than final. Gazidis held the same place at Arsenal for 10 years earlier than leaving London amid accusations that the membership stagnated throughout his tenure. He has led a much more spectacular resurgence at Milan the place a bold plan has been vindicated.

After watching Milan win their ultimate recreation of the season, 3-0 away to Sassuolo, Gazidis remembers that “you’re straight into euphoria and joy but you then realise this is quite a monumental achievement not just for what we’ve done but how we’ve done it – which is very different. Even at the beginning of the season we believed that we’d created something special based on a clear idea of building a new Milan around a very young team. I think it’s the youngest team in modern history to win the Scudetto and one of the youngest teams in Europe. It also has a unity of purpose within the club and with the fans.”

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