Paolo Maldini gives his verdict on the Milan derby

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This is a massive weekend in Serie A as the six clubs in the top 7 face-off against each other. Juventus face Lazio while Roma go up against Napoli. The Milan derby caps off the weekend with a mouthwatering contest set to be on the cards.

Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Paolo Maldini touched down on the subject, talked about why he refused a directorial at Milan, gave his predictions on the Derby della Madonnina and who he thinks shall win the title.

Maldini was less impressed when it came to performances on show at the San Siro. “This summer Milan bought 11 new players, so it’ll take time to create a real team. The objectives that at the start seemed within reach are now becoming really complicated.

“Neither side has expressed its full potential yet. Inter have results, but not good football. Milan didn’t get results, other than against small clubs.”

Inter are currently placed third on the table while Milan are seventh, level on points with Torino.

“On a psychological level, Inter have the advantage. I don’t want to say a defeat would rule Milan out of the Champions League race, but it would become a 10-point gap between Nerazzurri and Rossoneri.”

The 49-years-old also touched down on the rejection of a directorial role at the club. He said when new owner Yonghong Li offered him the role, he was not convinced with the project.

“I don’t have a job in football right now because I made that lifestyle choice. I am so tied to the Milan jersey that it becomes difficult for me to see myself with another team, in any role, except for the Nazionale.”

Maldini also gave his opinion on who he thinks shall win the Scudetto.

“Considering the way they play, which is also thanks to making so few changes, Napoli could become the favourites for the Scudetto,”

“I personally hope that Napoli can win the Scudetto, because their football really is spectacular.”