Maldini praises Higuain and Caldara after their AC Milan debuts
- Ex-Juve stars made their Rossoneri debuts in a 1-3 loss to Real Madrid
- Gonzalo put his name on the scoresheet just 4 minutes into the game
AC Milan director Paulo Maldini praised Mattia Caldara and Gonzalo Higuain after they made their debuts in the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu: "They did really well. Gonzalo had a great game, a great game not of not only being in search of goals, but also being in support of the team. He was very clear headed, he’s a top striker.
"Sergio Ramos gave me the ‘I take my hat off to you’ gesture when I gave him the trophy? Ramos has always said I am his idol, surely he’s currently the strongest center-back in the world.
"Playing Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu is surely strong and important to grow and improve: I am happy with how the team played, less with the result. We can’t compare ourselves to Real Madrid, it is appealing but it’s unreal, we need to know our limits. Now, after a few days of rest we’ll start preparing for the league."
Higuaín scored his first Milan goal tonight but did not celebrate out of respect to Madridistas. The Bernabéu gave him a standing ovation. He played 264 games for Real Madrid and scored 122 goals. 👏🏼 [marca] pic.twitter.com/r5qYCM97NU— SB (@Realmadridplace) August 11, 2018