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TRAINING UNDERWAY AT MILANELLO

MILANELLO – The players have started their training session at Milanello as they continue with preparations ahead of Saturday’s match against AS Roma. Check out the website later for a full training report.

GIACOMO BONAVENTURA: "Inzaghi puts me at ease."

MILAN – The Italian sports daily, the Corriere dello Sport, has published an interview with Giacomo Bonaventura. Here is what the Italian said, starting with his relationship with head coach Inzaghi: "The important thing for me is to know what I have to do. Inzaghi is perfect in this sense: he puts me at ease, he teaches me how to free myself from my marker. The position isn’t important, but how you interpret match situations. As a wide midfielder or as a winger the movements are very similar. Since I arrived he has shown great faith in me. I can improve, I need to have more intensity and be more present in the penalty area, close to the goal."

Bonaventura also had words to say about the President Silvio Berlusconi and the team’s third place ambitions: "He has great charisma and a lot of influence on us. He wants to move forwards. Often he gives us the odd tactical advice.
We will try, but the other sides are also equipped like us. Milan has all the cards in place to reach this objective. This squad has to grow, Saturday will show at what point we’re at. We have to create a mentality to also win against the big teams."

RICCARDO MONTOLIVO: “Victory against Napoli was important”

MILAN – The Italian daily, the Corriere della Sera, has published comments from the club captain Riccardo Montolivo. Here is what was said: “The victory against Napoli was important: we had to give a response, to those on the outside and internally. The match against Roma is not impossible, granted they’re a top level team, but the real challenge is with ourselves.”

On his comeback: "Those 5 minutes against Udinese were like a second Serie A debut for me. When 6 months ago, I found myself in hospital in London, with a broken tibia, I was waiting for that moment. One knows they are the risks of the job, that they can happen, but the timing, 5 days before the World Cup, was really dramatic. My family were fundamental and my second family, Milan. The President Berlusconi was personally close to me. I’ve been sorry not to have been able to give a hand. I’ve always tried to bring my passing to the build-up play. Perhaps we’ve been missing something from this point of view.”

Other themes: “We’re doing an excellent job. Now this Milan needs to look at itself in the mirror and ask itself what it wants to become. I believe that this squad cannot do without a battling spirit based on intensity, sacrifice and determination. It’s a different Milan compared to other times, it’s pointless denying it. It has quality, but it won't come through if the team doesn’t take to the pitch with this spirit.
Inzaghi? The quality which everyone recognises is his ability to pass on great enthusiasm, he’s a motivator. Another quality which people speak less about is that he learns quickly. In a matter of months he’s grown a lot. He’s like a sponge, he soaks up advice from everyone. He has his playing style.
I agree with the President when he says that this team can compete for the top positions, providing that we maintain the spirit I spoke about, otherwise it’s hard. After a negative year like the one last year, everyone, me first of all, asked ourselves what more could be done. More harmony at the club? Yes. Last year I also said that this situation didn’t help. Now you can sense a different atmosphere.”

YOUTH SECTOR XMAS PARTY TONIGHT

MILAN – The AC Milan Youth Sector will hold their traditional Christmas Party at the Metropol Dolce&Gabbana this evening. Click here to see the announcement via the Youth Sector twitter account. 

FILIPPO INZAGHI TO FACE THE PRESS ON THURSDAY

MILAN – Filippo Inzaghi will face the press this afternoon at 15.00 ahead of the Round 16 Serie A match away to Roma.

On Friday meanwhile the players will run through a final training session at 11.30 followed by lunch. The players will then make their way from Milan Central Station by high-speed train to Rome at 16.00.

A reminder that the match takes place on Saturday evening at 20.45.

ON THIS DAY: MILAN BEGIN SUCCESSFUL COPPA ITALIA ADVENTURE

MILAN – On this day 12 years ago, the 18th of December 2002, Milan began a successful Coppa Italia campaign which they would go on to win.
The opponents were Ancona at the San Siro and the rossoneri ran out 5-1 winners. Ganz scored for the hosts while Rui Costa, Tomasson (2), Borriello and Leonardo for Milan.

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