Romagnoli: “It will a very strange game for us to play behind closed doors at San Siro, we need to do our best”

Alessio Romagnoli during training at Milanello. (

Alessio Romagnoli has spoken ahead of the Genoa game on Sunday, which will be in front of no fans.

Milan return to San Siro this weekend, when they take on Genoa at 12:30 CET, but they will have to play behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Lega Serie A has decided that due to the virus spreading in Milano, fans will be unable to attend the game. However, Alessio Romagnoli and his teammates will have to keep their focus and win the three points.

The Rossoneri Captain had an interview with MilanTV today:

San Siro’s doors closed…
“It will be a new experience, a very strange game for us, because we are used to having such passionate support at every game. We are very grateful to the fans for their support, they are very important for us, we will certainly miss them. However, it will be an extra stimulus for us to lay a great game and claim the three points.”

What’s the team’s spirit like?
“It’s not easy to play a game behind closed doors at San Siro, it’ll be my first time, and I’ve never experienced it before. Being without the fans is a strange situation for us, because we’re used to having the fans so close to us, but we need to do our best, stay focused and give everything we have, and if it’s not enough, even more to win this match. We need to stay focused on what happens on the field. Having the fans signing at our side is always an added boost, they can’t be with us on Sunday but we know they will always be by our side and we need to continue doing our job.

Alessio Romagnoli, Samu Castillejo and Alexis Saelemaekers celebrating at the end of Milan-Torino at Stadio San Siro on February 17, 2020. (

How have you dealt with this week?
“Every day we give our best in training, every game is prepared as well as possible, even more so in this case because it will be a new challenge to play in these conditions but we know how important each one of our matches is from now till the end of the season, we are aware of how important every training session is because every session is crucial to be fully prepared for the match. So, we’ve been fully focused all week and will continue to be for the rest of the season.”

Your message of hope…
“This is a very strange situation, a critical one, and one the team’s behalf I’d like to thank all the people in dealing with this virus. All we can do is follow the instructions given to us by the authorities, we have to listen. Italy has always been, and will always be, a strong country, and health is the foundation of everything, not just for footballers, but for everyone. We hope that the situation gets better with each passing day, and that from the next game the fans can be back at our side.”

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