Paulo Rossi: Italy strikers have great potential

The Azzurri legend has lavished praise on the rising young attackers on the peninsula but believes in Europe, Serie A giants AC Milan will struggle to make an impact

World Cup winner Paolo Rossi is enthused by the array of attacking talent emerging in Italy.

The legendary Italian striker become a hero with the Azzuri faithful after galvanising his side to World Cup success in 1982, scoring a hat-trick against Brazil along the way.

Now the 55-year-old, sees a promising future unfolding with plenty of young striking options coming through the ranks ready to make their mark on the international stage.

“This is a good moment for our football in terms of attackers,” the former Juventus striker told Tuttosport.

“I really like Roma’s Mattia Destro, Fabio Borini of Liverpool and Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, who are all in the national set-up now.

“Every now and again I also follow Ciro Immobile. He’s certainly another very interesting element. You can see that he is hungry for goals and wants to leave his mark.”

Moving away from strikers, Rossi was also full of praise for Paris Saint-Germain's new signing, Marco Verratti.

“There really are a lot of options right now,” he continued.

“And, although he’s not an attacker, let me say that PSG’s Marco Verratti is a really promising midfielder.”

When asked about Milan and how they will fare this season following a summer of great change in terms of personnel, Rossi was sceptical.

"It 's too early to tell.
The club has changed a lot. Perhaps too much all at once: ten great players left at the same time. They were all big shots. When players
like Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva are sold, it definitely affects the quality of the team," he added. 

"In the last week of the transfer market, Milan tried desperately to make some signings. It is hard to say if they did enough in the end. You have to wait a few weeks. But, certainly the team is not as competitive as in the recent past when they boasted teams that aimed to win every competition.

"It will be a year of transition. But they can do well. Adriano Galliani is right when he says that Milan can fight on par with anyone in Italy. But, not in Europe, not any longer can they compete."

Rossi then revealed his favourites for this year's Champions League, and he could not look past the two Spanish giants.

"I would say Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United," he added.

"Then a group of outsiders represented by Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain.

"I hope Ancelotti does well with PSG. Carlo is a great manager, with a great ability to communicate. He is
among the best Italian coaches I have seen. As for Italy's prospects, I can see Juventus doing well."