Thursday, February 21, 2008

Maldini Praises English Fair Play

Milan captain Paolo Maldini was pleased with his side’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal last night and has praised the country of England for its sportsmanship and respect.

The Rossoneri put up a dogged defensive display as they ground out a 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium in their Champions League last 16 first leg tie.

Maldini, who was absolutely outstanding on the night, is pleased with the result and believes Milan can repeat their efforts from last year when they turned over Manchester United in the semi-final after beating them in the second leg at San Siro.

“We came back with a good result,” the 39-year-old enthused.

“In the return leg I’m expecting a similar game to last year against Manchester United and we can go on the attack when we need.

“Arsenal are a very young side with a group of good lads.”

Finally Maldini had some words of praise for the English sporting culture. England are renowned for their fair play and sportsmanship on the field, and the footballing legend admires this.

“For me, it is always good to come and play in England where there is such a sporting culture and respect for opponents,” he concluded.

Maldini was making his 1001st appearance in professional football during yesterday’s game.