AC Milan superstar Ricky Kaka has confessed that Rossoneri’s target of qualifying for Europe for next year has become a distant dream following Coppa Italia elimination. The Milanello based side were knocked out of the competition at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday evening, following a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Udinese.
Milan has been able to collect just 25 point from their first 20 games and sit at lowly 11th position.
“The club had given us the task of getting to the final of the Coppa Italia,” Kaka told Italian channel Rai TV after the match.
“We are very much disappointed because we did not want a game like this. There is little to say and much to do. We have to be honest. We are very far away from the qualifying positions for Europe. The Italian Cup was much closer. It was the surest way for us.”
“Here we did not do well. In the game before against Verona we did well, here we began well and then dropped. It is hard to figure out what happened.
“Where do we go from here? Everyone has to have their own reflection, we must try to figure out what we can give to the team. Then, Clarence can tell us what to do, provide us with the motivation to pick up the most points in the League and to face up in the Champions League.”
In this years’ Champions League, Milan face high-flying Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.
“We have a 50 per cent chance of progressing against Atletico Madrid, we start from here. This team has a different motivation when there are big games, and we hope to move forward.
“Let’s start from 0-0, we know where we need to improve, whilst Atletico Madrid are doing very well. I have seen how [Coach Diego] Simeone works, but we should find motivation to keep going in the Champions League this season.
“Had I anticipated this situation when I returned last summer? Even when things do not go well, there is always hope for the future.”
Milan Almost Certain to Sign Essien
Various news agencies in Italy have confirmed today that Milan are closing in on Michael Essien, with his representatives believed to be in the city.
Reports have indicated that a deal to take the midfielder to San Siro is close to agreement and Essien’s representatives are today in Milan for talks.
Essien has not played for Chelsea in the Champions League this term, so could appear in the competition for Milan against Atletico Madrid.
The Chelsea midfielder has been suggested during this month as a potential midfield reinforcement for the Rossoneri, due to his lack of game time and availability on a loan deal.