MILAN – Dejan Savicevic has received birthday wishes from his former team-mate and captain Franco Baresi via twitter. Another former Milan defender meanwhile was also active on twitter today as Sandro Nesta paid tribute to Jeremy Menez’s classy goal versus Parma on Sunday.
MILAN – Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri gave this update on the injury situation for the bianconeri ahead of Saturday’s match at the San Siro with Milan: "Pirlo and Vidal underwent new tests today. Pirlo is doing well and he will increase his workload and will be assessed again at the end of this week or at the start of next week. Vidal is working with the hope to have him available for Saturday."
MILAN – Who better than Milan legend Demetrio Albertini to offer thoughts about Milan’s next match versus Juventus. This is what he had to say to the Milan Channel:
"My decision to get involved in football at the federal level was because there is a need to challenge, because it’s right and because we need to provide an alternative for change. That foul on Baggio in the 1993/1994 season wasn’t exactly a foul. Football is a contact sport and not all contact is a foul. I remember well my headed goal, the only one in my career. A great memory for a brilliant equaliser. The rival in those days was Juve and to avoid defeat against the direct rivals was important. The first penalty kick at the professional level was at Pasadena in the final of the World Cup. With a short run-up I didn’t give time for the goalkeeper to dive. It was my technique that was then used by a great goal-scorer Signori who took them like me. In the 1999/2000 season taking free-kicks I had two great jumpers like Oliver Bierhoff and Ambrosini in the middle of the area and sometimes I was able to make them happy with an assist. De Jong is a fixed point and a centre-piece of this team. I remember when he arrived he had a few difficulties. Playing in the middle brings out his characteristics. He scored an extraordinary goal yesterday and it pleases me that Milan can rely on a player with quality and experience like him. It’s an important match versus Juventus because it can give credibility and awareness of the players’ abilities. It’s fundamental for the group, but not in terms of results. You can collect points throughout the year, not only in the head to head clashes. The season down-turn will have to be managed well. Milan up until now are still a work in progress, but the club knows how to prepare these important matches and coach Inzaghi also. It won’t be a vital match, but rather an important one."
MILANELLO - Cristian Zapata spoke to the Milan Channel from Milanello earlier today:
"It was a tough match in every sense. There were injuries, sending offs but those who came on were important in helping the team in a difficult moment. We’re happy because we’ve collected another big victory. I think that you can see the desire and unity that this group has out on the pitch. There’s a team, regardless of the mistakes, with a desire to win and to stay together and to fight for every ball. There’s a lot of competition. In a big club it’s like this, there are top players and this is part of the growth of the team. Bonaventura was happy about his performance and for the team. He did well, he scored and there is no better way to make a debut than by scoring a goal. Menez is a top-player, I think that in these two matches and even in training he’s shown some spectacular moves and yesterday’s goal was exceptional. Against Juventus there’s a desire to take to the pitch and do everything well and win this match because we’re first in the table with them and this is an extra source of motivation. Let’s hope all our fans come to the stadium so that we can beat Juventus. The season begins now and we must stay on this path. Juve will definitely be a tough match and we’ll try and give our all to win it."
Riccardo Saponara suffered an injury to his left knee during a tackle in this morning’s training session. The footballer was taken straight away to the “Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi” in Milan where tests and a specialist visit from professor Herbert Schonhuber revealed damage to the collateral ligament and the meniscus. Tomorrow morning Riccardo Saponara, assisted by Milan’s medics, will undergo keyhole surgery.
MILAN – Banca Popolare Milano (BPM) will be hosting from its headquarters in Piazza Meda an event organised in collaboration with Milan for the VFNO tomorrow the 16th of September. In the main hall, characterised by the enormous dome ceiling 18 metres big, fans can admire up close some of the most important trophies won by the club, retracing Milan’s illustrious history. Some of the team’s first team players will also be at the event from 20.30 to 22.30 to sign autographs and for a souvenir photo.