Sinisa Mihajlovic doesn’t think that the result tomorrow will have much effect on the final standings but in any case is convinced that Milan can maintain their unbeaten run.
This weekend two giants of the Italian Serie A are facing each other (19:45 GMT). Juventus is playing at the Juventus Stadium and it’s coming off a good 3-1 win away against Empoli and according to Sports Betting Dime they are the favorites to win the match. Regardless of what the bookies say, coach Sinisa Mihajlovic believes that Milan will not return from Turin with no points as he gets ready for an encounter with Massimiliano Allgeri.
“It’s a prestigious match and it means a lot. It’s a classic fixture in Italian football and we will do our all to honour it. Juventus are on the up, but we will give our best to try and win,” Mihajlovic said in the pre-match press conference on Friday. “It’s a big match versus a great side and a direct rival.
“We prepare for every match in the best manner possible whether it be versus Juve or any other side. We know our strengths and if we play like we know how we can make it hard for anyone. We’re fully aware of the dangers Juve pose, but we are going there with everything to play for.
“We have the abilities to match them. I don’t think the result will be decisive- the season ahead is still long. We have picked up 11 points from the past 5 matches and conceded just 3 goals. Only Napoli and Roma have done better. I am certain we can keep this up.
“Our aim is to finish in the top-three positions come the end of the season. Let’s wait and see however what position we’re in come the half-way point of the season and take it from there. The previous match? We all wanted to beat Atalanta, but we can’t win them all. We did what we had worked on and we could have even lost and as I said after the match it was a point earned.
“I never look for excuses, but we were missing three key players. The ones that came in to replace them did well, but they didn’t have the ability yet to play the full 90 minutes.
“Individuals? We still have to assess the fitness of some of the players. Niang has had another two weeks of training to work on his fitness and is in better shape than before. Apart from Bertolacci and De Jong, we have a full squad available with the exception of the long term absentees Balotelli and Menez.
“We will see about Bacca (whether to start him or not). He is back from international duty and did some running yesterday. We will assess his fitness today. Donnarumma? He tomorrow will be going up against a legend and he can learn from Buffon. His greatness comes from his professionalism and enthusiasm.
“Buffon has been the world’s best for the past 20 years. Donnarumma is bright and is talented. I hope he can have the same career as Buffon. Knowing Buffon, he would be happy to have an heir like him. Diego Lopez is a great goalkeeper too and I rate him highly. At the moment he is recovering from injury and we’re waiting for him to come back (there is no return date for Lopez yet).
“Tomorrow is a match which will reveal a lot, but I repeat it is not decisive. We will stick with the current formation for the time being and then further down the line we will see. The fact that Silvio Berlusconi congratulated the opposite sides after Milan matches? President Berlusconi is the dean of all presidents seeing as he has won more than anyone else. It’s only right that he congratulates other teams. It’s a sign of sportsmanship. We have to try and play well and receive his praise.
“The Paris terror attacks? What happened was terrible. We are all shocked and we are all close to the French. It’s a war, but a strange war. For instance, compared to the war in ex-Yugoslavia, you don’t know who the enemy is. You don’t know what to expect. You go to the stadium or theatre and you are a target.
“The objective of terrorism is to make us live in terror, but we have to try and live normal lives and not be affected. We have to be brave and not be beaten by the terror. It’s not easy but we can do it.”