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MILANELLO – The Italian side trained this morning at Quarto’s Giarusso stadium. The team was born from the ashes of a previous club shut down by the authorities for having links to organized crime. A important gesture of solidarity from Italy’s national side.


MILAN - After having lost to Israel and beaten Lichtenstein, Italy's Under 19 side got the win against Denmark with a 2-0 scoreline thanks to Crecco and Petagna.

Cristante and Piccinocchi played the whole match in the middle of the field. Italy are on 6 points along with Israel and Denmark.

ALLEGRI TO THE MILAN CHANNEL: "It'll be tough against Udinese but we have to go for the win"

MILAN – Here’s what Massimiliano Allegri had to say after the friendly in Caen:

“I’m disappointed as when you play a game, you have to get a result. We made various mistakes with goal scoring chances. It wasn’t a bad game. It was a chance to let some of the younger players get on the pitch and also those who haven’t played that much yet this season. In football, besides quality, you need character and enthusiasm, things that every player must have when they take to the pitch. Saponara did some good things. He hasn’t played in two months but despite that he kept pace well. He has the quality to play in front of the defense but of course he’s bit behind in terms of fitness at the moment. Kakà and Birsa will be available for the weekend. Maybe De Sciglio and Silvestre as well. We have to be smart as it’s not a good period for us. We need the three points. It was a good test for Gabriel. He had a lot to do and he did it well. Mastalli and Rondanini did well too. Especially Rondanini, he played with the right character. The players have to give their all when called upon. It’ll be a tough match against Udinese but we have to go for the win.”

GABRIEL TO THE MILAN CHANNEL: "I work every day to get a place on this team"

MILAN – Gabriel spoke to the Milan Channel after yesterday’s match in Caen:

“It’s been a long time since I last played after my shoulder injury and playing a full game is important for me. It was a game for me to grow as even the mistakes are necessary to learn from. I work every day to get a place on this team. Abbiati is a champion and he’s won all there is to win. Him, Nando and Marco all help me a lot and we always work well.”

NIANG TO THE MILAN CHANNEL: "We took to the pitch a bit soft and they deserved the win"

MILAN – Here’s what Mbaye Niang said to the Milan Channel after yesterday’s friendly in Caen:

“The fans were great today, they sang for 90 minutes. We took to the pitch a bit soft and they deserved the win. I said to my friends here in the city as a joke that we were better than them, but then they won. They’re a good side, they have new players and they’re doing well without me.”

RICCARDO SAPONARA: "I'm working to find a place on the team"

MILAN – Riccardo Saponara after this evening’s match against Caen in France:

“I’m feeling fine and I’m working on my fitness to be ready if called upon. It’ll be up to Coach Allegri to decide. I work to be ready and I’ll continue doing just that to get a place on the team. I like playing in front of the defense as it’s a position I’ve already played in the past and it could be an extra option for the team.”