Baresi: “This Barcelona makes fewer defensive mistakes than the Dream Team”


Former Milan defender Franco Baresi has run his eye over his former club’s latest opponents, Barcelona, as the two teams prepare to meet in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Baresi, voted Milan’s Player of the Century 1899-1999, was a part of Fabio Capello’s Rossoneri squad that met Johan Cruyff’s version of La Blaugrana in the 1994 European Cup final.

Suspended for the final, Baresi watched on along with a number of high-profile absentees as his team famously beat the Catalans 4-0 at the Athens Olympic Stadium in a one-sided upset.

Reflecting on Pep Guardiola’s version of the Barcelona team now officially its most successful with 12 titles won, Baresi told Ona FM, and as El Mundo Deportivo report, that: “the current Barcelona is the most admired team of the moment.

“If Carles Puyol had played in Milan, they would be just as great. He is an example to all for his professionalism, not only in Barcelona, but the world.”

Baresi then reflected on continued speculation linking Thiago Silva with a switch between the clubs: “I think his future with Milan is long and promising. He has everything to make history with this club, so [any transfer] would be difficult.”

The 51-year-old also suggested Silva is one of the best centre-backs in the world, acting as a ‘reference point’ who is also ‘fast and strong’.

Whilst also reserving praise for Gerard Pique and the potential he has to develop into something similar at Barcelona, Baresi also spoke of how: “it would be incredible to play with Iniesta, Xavi and Messi. They have fun and have a taste for the game, their greatness is the real strength of the team.”

The Italian also confirmed his belief that this Barcelona team are stronger than the Dream Team that he faced: “This team is more consistent than the Dream Team, which made more mistakes in defence.”

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