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Riccardo Montolivo had to admit a miserable domestic campaign with AC Milan, which in turn left him fired up for the upcoming World Cup 2014, Brazil.
AC Milan could only finish eighth in the recently-completed Serie A season. For the first time in 16 years, they are also going to miss out the European competition.
This was a real shock for Milan. AC Milan won the title just three years ago. And haven’t finished outside the top three since 2008. Riccardo Montolivo knows they need to do much better next time.
By this time there is the biggest matter of the World Cup. Riccardo Montolivo is hoping he can play a big part for Italy in Brazil World Cup 2014.
“Personally I’m coming into the competition really charged up”
Riccardo Montolivo said to Gazzetta dello Sport.
He is totally inspired to come back from such a negative season. He believes that no one from the Milan team can be satisfied with the campaign. Neither individually nor collectively. Nothing positive!
“We have to learn from the mistakes we’ve made and try to be competitive next season”
Now the only target he is up to is giving the maximum for the national team. He expects to do well in the upcoming event.
Riccardo Montolivo came up through the Azzurri youth ranks. Then the 29-year-old took part in his debut with the senior team in 2007.
Montolivo had to start without Andrea Pirlo, who was injured for the first three games this season. But he could not help the defending champions to avoid a shock. Finally they had to admit an early exit from the tournament.
Riccardo Montolivo has another great reason to do well in South America. He expects to help the team for amending their dismal display in South Africa, the last World Cup 2010.
“The World Cup in South Africa proved to be a negative experience”
“Our desire is to bounce back after what happened four years ago. We can’t wait to put things right”
Riccardo Montolivo has scored two goals in 57 appearances for his country. He believes that there can be no better place than Brazil to do well for the four-time world champions.
Probably he is dreaming of a magical World Cup. From the point of view, Brazil, the center of football, he expects the World Cup to be a real special event.
“The final 23-man squad can be a beautiful surprise in the tournament”
As he said to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
Italy was unbeaten in qualifying games. They are going to begin their World Cup campaign against England on June 14 in Manaus. They will also take on Costa Rica and Uruguay in Group D.