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HELLAS VERONA COACH ANDREA MANDORLINI: "We all want to do well"

MILAN – Hellas Verona coach Andrea Mandorlini said the following ahead of the match with Milan, scheduled for after the international break. The gialloblu coach was taking part at an event called “Obesity Day” promoted by the Italian Dietary Association: "We’ve focused on getting our energy back this week. In the coming days we will prepare for an important match. We all want to do well and we hope to match the standard of this great side. Nenè? He had a very good game at Roma, just like versus Cagliari. He’s a fantastic lad, appreciated by everyone. I know that he can give me a lot, he just needs to make sure he’s ready."

ADRIANO GALLIANI: “Great feeling between Pippo and the fans”

MILAN- CEO Adriano Galliani had the following to say after a meeting at the Lega Serie A headquarters earlier today: “We won lots of Italian titles with Fabio Capello, always conceding very few goals. A great team, if it doesn’t concede goals, nearly always wins the match. It’s difficult that a match ends goalless. Our scouts are in South America and they are talking. They’re also political contacts, we’ll see. I can say that I am very happy about the work of Maiorino, Tremolada and Monaco. We have relationships with players from all over the world. Let’s hope for the best. I think the use of replays out on the pitch are a good thing. I am very favourable to technology. There is assistance and technological support in all sports. We need to establish how to use it with very clear criteria. But excluding replays altogether seems an error. If we have the instruments, let’s use them. The will of the FIGC on the issue is clear with the letter by Tavecchio to Blatter. Other engagements permitting, the President Berlusconi will always be at Milanello. His presence is always very important. It’s a big sign of passion and love on his side. Pippo is really loved and he has greater advantages compared to another coach. Then, if you’re a Milanista, you have more in your favour regardless! Inzaghi has the wind blowing in his favour and I haven’t heard any fan complain about Inzaghi since we decided to give him the job. This environment helps him a lot. He was loved as a player and also as a coach. The bond between Pippo and the fans exploded right away from the Lazio match. There’s a new atmosphere. Khedira to Milan? He’s a brilliant player who I like very much, but who has wage requests that would prevent an arrival at Milan."

ADRIANO GALLIANI: “We’re experiencing a very positive moment at the club”

MILAN - CEO Adriano Galliani spoke from the Lega Serie A headquarters earlier. This is what Galliani had to say: "We’re experiencing a very positive moment within the club and playing wise. There is great cohesion and will, which the President Berlusconi has contributed to a great deal by his weekly visits. Apart from the 11 points, the Milan spirit this year is very different to that of last year and I hope that things go better than last year when things happened that had never previously occurred. For the first time this century we’re out of Europe, but we’ve taken part 13 times in the Champions League and twice in the Europa League. For the first time we changed coach 3 times in the space of 12 months. There was a need for an awareness from everybody and the response has arrived in terms of concentration and commitment. I’m not a fortune teller and I don’t know where we will finish but there’s a positive feel. Milan, as an objective, has Champions League qualification. We managed it 13 times out of 15. That’s always our objective. On the one hand we’re happy to have a super attack. On the other hand we’ve conceded too many goals but the coach is fully aware of this and in the last match we didn’t concede a goal and this is a positive sign. A goal is the essence of football. A match with lots of goals is better than one without. For many years, the fundamental rule in football is that the winner concedes less goals.”

#ALWAYSACMILAN: EL SHAARAWY AND RAMI TAKE A PHOTO TOGETHER

MILAN – The trend has caught on. Everyone and we mean everyone wants to take a photo with their Milan shirt and take part in the #alwaysacmilan initiative!  Stephan El Shaarawy and Adil Rami are the latest to do so, posting a photo together on the Milan number 92’s Instagram profile. Click here to see the photo. To find out more and to take part in the digital initiative launched by adidas and AC Milan, click here.

INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP: HONDA PLAYS 90 MINS

MILAN – Keisuke Honda captained Japan to a 1-0 victory in the Kirin Challenge Cup 2014 against Jamaica. Up next for Honda and his team-mates is a match in Singapore on Tuesday against Brazil.

ZAPATA AND ARMERO PREPARING FOR COLOMBIA-EL SALVADOR

MILAN – Colombia coach Josè Pekerman has made it known that the South American side will play at least one of the 2 matches during the international break in November in Europe.
The Colombia squad always includes Milan’s Zapata and Armero. The two Milan players are now preparing for their nation’s friendly match against El Salvador in the USA.