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Marco Giampaolo keen to make most of the opportunity

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After being chosen to manage Milan next season, Marco Giampaolo says that he wants to take the club back to the top of the food chain.

Marco Giampaolo had to work really hard to be where he is today. After managing mostly in the lower divisions of Italian football, the Bellinzina native became the coach of Sampdoria. After three wonderful years, he had shown enough to earn the chance to coach AC Milan.

Identified by Paolo Maldini, Marco Giampaola is eager to do well in San Siro.

While speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the ex-Empoli manager said that coaching Milan is a great opportunity before adding that he deserves this chance.

“I am very happy and very motivated to be here, to coach Milan, a glorious club, a very important story. Milan is a great opportunity for me.

“I think that through hard work, research, sacrifice, I deserved this chance. Now I have to deserve it on the field. There is never an end to this road, mine has been of highs and lows.”

Marco Giampaolo reveals that he was about to leave for holidays with his friends when Maldini called.

“I was setting sail when the phone rang and Paolo told me to come to Milan. My friends left, I took the first flight and I came here. I was ready to take up this challenge.”

While speaking of a football identity, Marco Giampaolo says that every team needs quality players to do well before admitting that the club has enough quality.

“I think that football cannot be played well without quality players. No coach can offer good football without quality and Milan has several quality players. Last year, I thought they could be the surprise package of the league. I remember matches like the one against Napoli where they won 2-0 and then lost.”

And Marco Giampaolo is keen to return the club to the lofty heights it once enjoyed.

“I thought (while at Sampdoria) that Milan could aspire to be on the noblest places in the rankings but then the championship is long. It will take time.”