Bernard Challandes: Milan Are Milan, We Know Them Well


FC Zurich Coach Bernard Challandes and Swiss defender Alain Rochat believe they can get points from San Siro against AC Milan on Wednesday night, as the played against them before, but now they know things are different.

The Swiss Champions will go out to Milano, to face the Diavolo to a second Champions League round. Zurich started their first ever CL group stage with a 5-2 defeat against Real Madrid, and later today, they will meet Italian giants AC Milan.

The last time these two sides met each other was last year in fact, when Milan overpowered Zurich by three, as they won 4-1 at the end. However, both sides know that the situation has changed.

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“We’ve already faced Milan. Milan are Milan, they haven’t scored many goals, but they also conceded few. We know against who we play, they’re a great team,” FC Zurich coach Bernard Challandes opened his press-conference.

“I saw the Rossoneri against Marseille, two great teams who played a great match and also against Bologna they gave away very little. We showed against Real Madrid we are able to play against big teams.

“It will be a great match, our objective is to play a good match and gain points,” the 58-years-old said and continued:

“I don’t want to talk about Almen Abdi [who has announced his departure next summer], he’s a player like many others he will play. I am the coach of Zurich, I want the team to win and if I think he can help us he will play.”

“Alphonse is the only player in doubt, he trained with the team today and we will see tomorrow if he is fit to play.”

Alain Rochat didn’t finish his homework about AC Milan, but he claims he knows the team, and respects the 7-times-Champions-League-winners. The Swiss defender is maybe not the captain, but he was the one to speak at the press-conference.

“I didn’t see Milan’s game against Bari, but I know Milan. They have some problems in the league, but in the Champions League they’ve shown what they can do. They’ll look for a positive result, but we know our qualities, we’ll try to give a good performance on the pitch tomorrow,” said the 26-years-old.

“Milan have scored just three goals, I don’t know if they’re the best opponents for us. We are lacking results, perhaps we’ll manage to score goals without conceding goals.

Personally I like to play both as a central defender and on the wing, for me it’s the same, it depends on the coach’s choices. I’ve recovered from my nose problems, I’ll play without a mask.”

The match kicks off at 8:45 PM CET in Stadio San Siro.

By Meytar Zeevi, Rossoneri Blog

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