Published On: Wed, Mar 6th, 2013

AC Milan coach has high hopes for young duo

Amid a highly successful season guiding AC Milan’s primavera, youth sector coach Aldo Dolcetti spoke about two of the more promising young players in the Milan system in midfielder Bryan Cristante and full-back Mattia De Sciglio.

Cristante recently signed a new deal with the Rossoneri and is viewed as one of their top prospects still playing in the primavera, while De Sciglio, a graduate of the Milan academy, is enjoying a breakout year in only his second season of top flight football.

“[Cristante] is definitely a player who combines good technique with imposing physical characteristics in addition to possessing the right personality,” Dolcetti said in an interview with “However, he must stay of his current course of progression and not lose the desire to improve.”

As to describe the Italo-Canadian’s playing style, the 46-year-old believes he combines the best qualities of Milan veterans Massimo Ambrosini and Riccardo Montolivo.

Dolcetti, who used to coach De Sciglio when the player was still a part of the primavera, is not surprised in the least in the youngster’s quick progression from the academy to the first team.

“Everyone has noticed his capacity to keep his head on his shoulders, a fact that will allow him to continue his growth as a player with little problems.

“He has demonstrated the ability to play in every defensive position without any problems, as we already saw last season.

“I believe his best positions are on the right and left sides of the defense, and with this in mind, he has shown to have some things in common with more illustrious predecessors such as Maldini.”



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