Capello believed Milan had Italy’s best midfield, but Tonali’s move to Newcastle and Kessie and Calhanoglu’s departures changed the scenario.
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday morning, the ex-England national team coach evaluated Milan’s squad and their current standing in Serie A.
Capello asserts that Stefano Pioli oversees one of Italy’s premier squads, contending that the Rossoneri possess the second-best group of players in Serie A, trailing only Inter and surpassing Juventus.
Capello attributed Milan’s inability to mount a significant challenge for the Serie A title in the 2023-24 season to a plethora of muscular injuries and the adjustment period required by several players who moved to the club in the summer.
“Inter are in a category of their own in terms of squad value. However, for me, Milan has a better team than Juve. In short, they have the second-best squad in the league,” Capello told La Gazzetta.
Capello attributed Milan’s current third-place standing in Serie A to various factors. He added: “Several signings took a long time to integrate, to understand Italian football. Then there are the injuries, which must be looked at.
“It’s not for me to say. I don’t know how many responsibilities the coach has, whether he has worked them too hard or too little, whether they played too many matches on pre-season tours instead of preparing. The recurrence of muscular problems does make you think.”
When questioned about Milan’s recent setbacks, Capello clarified: “Milan had Calhanoglu, Kessie, Bennacer and Tonali. That was the strongest midfield in Italy and Milan had them all at San Siro. Now, there is almost nobody left.”