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    Inzaghi: “You don’t play a derby – you win it, we’ll give our all”

    GENOA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 08:  AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi shouts during the warmup before the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and AC Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on November 8, 2014 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

    Inzaghi shouts during the warmup before the Serie A match between Sampdoria and Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on November 8, 2014. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

    FILIPPO INZAGHI has said he hasn’t decided on the playing system yet but stated: ‘When I have these feelings on the eve of the match I am very calm’ ahead of the Derby della Madonnina.

    Milan are 7th and Inter are 9th but for the fans of the Rossoneri and the Nerazzurri around the world, tomorrow’s game is about more than just three points. San Siro will host the Derby and Inzaghi, who scored on his first Milano derby, can’t wait and hopes the crowd will be a factor.

    “A coach has to be good at making the least amount of mistakes possible. I watch the players every day and then I will have to choose, taking into account who can give us something extra coming off the bench,” he told Milan Channel today. “We’re ready, we’ve trained well and I cannot wait for tomorrow and this match.

    “I have to think about my team, this week we’ve trained very well. I think the real difference in this match can be our fans, they’re the ones that can make the difference. I assure them that we will give our all for 90 minutes.

    “Unfortunately Alex has an injury, we hoped it was nothing, but he has a muscle injury, whoever replaces him will do well. I haven’t decided yet if Honda (who returned late this week from international duty) will play or not, I thought that he was tired, instead I’ve found him to be doing well. There are many of us up front, there are 7 forwards, someone will have to sit out, I still have one more training session and I will try to understand who will give me greater guarantees from the first minute, but he has fully recovered. (continue reading…)

    Rami: “I’m ready, I’m lucky to play in a derby like this”

    AC Milan's French defender Adil Rami (R) celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match Cesena vs AC Milan, on Septembre 28, 2014, at Dino Manuzzi stadium in Cesena. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN        (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Rami celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match Cesena vs Milan, on September 28, 2014, at Dino Manuzzi stadium in Cesena. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

    ADIL RAMI is ready to play where needed and admits he’d like to score against Inter.

    Milan have a real crisis in defense and the latest voices are that Adil Rami will start in the right back position with Cristian Zapata and Philippe Mexes in the heart of the defense.

    “This derby is one of the best around in Europe, it’s a hard derby, that we have to play with heart,” Rami told the Milan Channel today. “We played well against Sampdoria, we have to work, we’ve had 10 days to prepare for this derby.

    “I believe that if we play like we did against Sampdoria, in the end we will win. I’m ready, I’m lucky to play in a derby like this at Milan, I’m ready to give everything that the team needs. I will play where there is a need, I have to always be at 100% for Milan. (continue reading…)

    Torres: “The derby excites me, I’m not obsessed with scoring”

    MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 26:  Fernando Torres of AC Milan kicks a ball during the Serie A match between AC Milan and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 26, 2014 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

    Torres kicks a ball during the Serie A match against Fiorentina at Stadio San Siro on October 26, 2014. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

    FERNANDO TORRES thinks Milan should have patience and still plans on being the top scorer.

    Torres has scored just one goal so far since completing his two-year loan move from but Andriy Shevchenko thinks that the Spaniard can be a key player in tomorrow’s Derby della Madonnina. El Nino, who knows Milan signed him to score goals, hopes to be on the scoresheet but insists that “I’ve always been a player who critically depends on the team.”

    “I loved being a goalkeeper when I was 5 years old because I wanted to play in the same position as my brother. But one day I came home with a broken tooth, and my mother said: ‘if you want to keep on playing football then forget about being a goalkeeper’,” Torres told this week’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. (continue reading…)

    Pato: “Derby the best match, Barbara will do great things”

    Alexandre Pato (R) of Sao Paulo celebrates his goal with teammate Kaka after scoring during a match between Sao Paulo and Fluminense of Brasileirao Series A 2014 at Morumbi Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images)

    Pato celebrates his goal with Kaka after scoring during a match between Sao Paulo and Fluminense of Brasileirao Series A 2014 on September 27, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images)

    ALEXANDRE PATO has said going back to Brazil was best for his career and claimed Barbara had nothing to do with his failed PSG move.

    Pato spent over five years at Milan before being sold to Corinthians. One of the best memories from the Brazilian are from when he scored two goals against Inter in the Derby della Madonnina in 2011 as Milan would go on to win the Scudetto.

    “What I think about the derby? It’s the best match in Serie A. Who wouldn’t want to play it?” Pato, 25-years-old, told il Corriere della Sera.

    “I’m very attached to Milan, to whom I owe my professional development. In Milan I won the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup and then I played 150 matches and scored 63 goals. Milan will always have all of my love. The derby I remember the most? That of April 2nd, 2011. I returned from injury, started and scored two goals. We won 3-0. Fantastic. (continue reading…)

    Sheva: “Derby? I loved the pressure, Milan can return to the top”

    Shevchenko against Inter in 2005 (PACO SERINELLI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Shevchenko against Inter in 2005 (PACO SERINELLI/AFP/Getty Images)

    ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO believes in Fernando Torres and believes the derby is still important despite this difficult moment.

    Milan and Inter aren’t the powerhouses they used to be but tomorrow Stadio San Siro will be full of people for the Derby della Madonnina. Andriy Shevchenko, who played in quite a few derbies in his time, spoke ahead of the game and is sure: “Milan and Inter will get back to the top.”

    “You have to be able to control your nerves in order to give joy to the fans. I always tried to do so and I loved feeling the pressure of the derby. If you’re not capable of dealing with the pressure, then you can’t play in a big team,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Saturday edition.

    “If Inter and Milan aren’t the biggest teams anymore? You know the mapping of a ECG? It has ups and downs, the heartbeat is so and so is the life of a football club. Milan and Inter will get back to the top, but they have to start from this derby, which is worth a lot more than three points. It’s the breakthrough moment for both clubs. (continue reading…)

    Alex sustains muscular injury, forced to miss derby

    Alex da Costa in action against Fiorentina (Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

    Alex da Costa in action against Fiorentina (Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

    ALEX DA COSTA will not play tomorrow as Milan’s injury woes continue.

    Milan got some bad news a day before the derby against Inter tomorrow as Brazilian defender Alex is forced to watch the game from the stands of the San Siro on Sunday evening (20:45 CET) after picking up a muscular injury, they revealed.

    “AC Milan informs that Alex suffered a muscle injury to his right thigh in yesterday afternoon’s training session,” a statement reads.

    With Bonera (suspended) and Abate (probably) out of the game, Inzaghi will have to find solutions. It appears that the likeliest option is playing one of Andrea Poli or Adil Rami in the right-back position with Mexes in the middle. (continue reading…)

    Abate, De Jong to have fitness test ahead of the Inter match


    Nigel De Jong in action for Sampdoria

    IGNAZIO ABATE and Nigel De Jong will be tested tomorrow to see if they’re fit to face Inter.

    The international break is over and on Sunday Milan will face Inter for the Derby. The Rossoneri and the Nerazzurri aren’t fighting for the Scudetto but the derby is always a game in which you have extra motivation to win and Filippo Inzaghi hopes to have his best players available for Nov 23.

    De Jong and Abate haven’t trained in the last few days but as reported by Mediaset’s Carlo Pellegatti, the medical team will test the Dutchman and the Italian tomorrow (Thursday) to see if they can be included in the squad list.

    As stated by Sky Italia’s Peppe Di Stefano, “if they (Abate and De Jong) do not play, then Rami and Essien will be in their place.” Di Stefano also added: “The idea is to confirm the 4-3-3 with Menez being favourite over Torres.”
    (continue reading…)

    Van Bommel: “Milan-Inter the most beautiful match in the world”

    Mark Van Bommel (@acmilan.com)

    Mark Van Bommel (@acmilan.com)

    MARK VAN BOMMEL has spoken ahead of the derby on Sunday and complimented De Jong.

    Milan last won the Scudetto in 2011 and they won the Derby della Madonnina then with a memorable 3-0 scoreline, with Alexandre Pato scoring twice. Not too many players that were on the starting XI are still on the squad and one of them is Van Bommel, who left Milan in 2012.

    “I played in two derbies, this match is the most beautiful in the world because the crowd is fantastic,” the Dutchman told the Milan Channel today. “The first derby was the most beautiful I’ve ever played in, after 45 seconds Pato scored the first goal and the stadium exploded. It was incredible. We had a five-point lead but after the defeat to Palermo it was only two, so that victory was essential. I hit the bar in the second derby. (continue reading…)

    Armero: “I can do well”, Vangioni’s dad confirms Milan interest

    Pablo Armero when he arrived (@acmilan.com)

    Pablo Armero when he arrived (@acmilan.com)

    PABLO ARMERO has again spoken out about his situation at Milan and it seems the Rossoneri already have a replacement lined up.

    The wingback, who recently voiced his frustration at his lack of playing time this season, played 90 minutes in Colombia’s 2-1 win over the United States. Armero is on loan from Udinese but it doesn’t look like Filippo Inzaghi has been convinced and will be tempted to re-sign him in the summer (he’ll be a free-agent then).

    “Milan know that when I get on the pitch I am strong, so when I am on the pitch there is more chance for me to demonstrate what I can do and what the team can do,” Armero told Goal.com. (continue reading…)

    Niang set for Milan future talks next month

    Jeremy Menez and M'Baye Niang (@acmilan.com)

    Jeremy Menez and M’Baye Niang (@acmilan.com)

    M’BAYE NIANG’S agent has confirmed that talks will be held with the club in December.

    Niang has managed just 15 minutes in Serie A so far this season and has been pushed down the pecking order due to the arrivals of Jeremy Menez and Fernando Torres (in addition to the return to form of Keisuke Honda).

    As reported by Milannews.it on Friday evening, the agent of Niang will meet with the Rossoneri leaders next month to discuss the future of the young Frenchman. “We’ll talk about it next month,” the agent stated. Niang was already told to find a new team in the summer but Inzaghi changed his mind and decided to keep the 19-year-old, who reportedly changed his lifestyle and has become more professional. It’s possible that Niang will go out on loan again. (continue reading…)

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