Andrea Poli discussed not playing a lot this season, saying it has made his character stronger while Ignazio Abate targets three points against Chievo.
Sinisa Mihajlovic could change the formation to 4-3-3 tomorrow against Chievo (12:30 CET kickoff) which means there is a chance for Andrea Poli to play from the start, a thing that has rarely happened this season.
“I am disappointed to have played little, but I have always tried to analyze the situation from the outside. I have always tried to be positive,” Poli said in today’s pre-match press conference as he sat alongside Abate and Mihajlovic, who called the former Sampdoria man ‘an example to all’.
“We would all like to play. I have always respected the coach’s choices and I will always do that. I now feel stronger because I am calmer and more patient. Being on the sidelines has also done me some good. I have always wanted to play and I have always trained at 100%. I feel my character is now stronger.
“I’ve always promised myself to help the team and give my best whether it be 5 minutes or the entire match. This is the mentality I’ve always had this season. If we want to achieve something special, this can never go missing.” Poli has been involved in 10 Serie A games this season, most of them as a sub.
Abate, who tomorrow will take back his place on the right side of the defense (he was suspended against Sassuolo), had this to say: “My absence last week [Milan lost the match 2-0 at Mapei Stadium]? We have players in this team that have a big character and they played last week versus Sassuolo. We needed to be more clinical in the opening exchanges, but the season doesn’t end at Sassuolo.
“We have trained with real determination this week and we are aiming for all 3 points tomorrow. We want to chase down the sides ahead of us in the table. We need to win tomorrow at all costs.”