AC MILAN – INTER: Preview, Serie A Week 12, Sunday 23 November 2014

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Hello my friends.  Guess what?  The Derby della Madonnina is just around the corner to claim the bragging rights to rule the City of Milan!  Yep, the Milan Derby will be played on Sunday 23 November 2014 for Serie A Week 12, AC Milan vs Inter at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy.   Milan and Inter are both in need of points to climb the Serie A Table toward the top 3 positions.   Hello, hello, hello, this will be the debut of new Inter coach Roberto Mancini who has just replaced coach Walter Mazzarri sacked on Friday 14 November!!!!!  Mamma mia, what a thriller and real challenge for Mancini to start his second spell with Inter.  Will Mancini deliver the winning formation or will it be Inzaghi to show a lesson to the “experienced coach.”…..

Here is the situation… there is only 1 point difference between AC Milan and Inter.

Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
AC Milan, 7th position with 17 points and a positive goal difference of +4
Inter, 9th position with 16 points and a positive goal difference of -+3

 

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
7 Milan 11 4 5 2 20:16 4 17
9 Inter 11 4 4 3 17:14 3 16

 

 

Roberto Mancini appointed as Inter’s new coach on Friday 14 November 2014

 

Here are some precedents including former players from the past and the present and some historical moments.

Simpy put, the Milan Derby is one of the biggest football derbies.  This time, Filippo Inzaghi facing Inter not as a footballer, but as Coach!  Yep.  Inzaghi was one of those roaring lions battling against 11 players  The duel now is Inzaghi vs Inter coach Roberto Mancini. One on one, a tactical-technician duel… will Mancini”the more experienced coach” show a lesson to “new coach” Inzaghi?  Or the other way around?

    AC MilanAC Milan – Inter       Inter  

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  • AC Milan – Inter Official Called Up Players

 

Here are AC MILAN 23 official called up players by coach Filippo Inzaghi:

Goalkeepers: Abbiati, Agazzi, Diego Lopez

Defenders: Albertazzi, Armero, De Sciglio, Philippe Mexes, Adil Rami, Zaccardo, Zapata

Midfielders: Essien, Riccardo Montolivo, Sulley Muntari, Poli, Riccardo Saponara, Van Ginkel, Giacomo  Bonaventura

Forwards:  Stephan El Shaarawy, Keisuke  Honda, Jeremy Menez, Niang, Giampaolo Pazzini, Fernando Torres

 

Here are INTER 23 official called up players by coach Roberto Mancini:

Goalkeepers: 1 Handanovic, 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni.

Defenders: 5 Juan Jesus, 6 Andreolli, 14 Campagnaro, 15 Vidic, 22 Dodo, 23 Andrea Ranocchia, 33 D’Ambrosio, 54 Donkor, 55 Yuto Nagatomo.

Midfielders: 10 Kovacic, 13 Fredy Guarin, 17 Kuzmanovic, 20 Obi, 44 Krhin, 88 Hernanes, 90 M’Vila.

Forwards: 7 Osvaldo, 8 Rodrigo Palacio, 9 Mauro Icardi, 97 Bonazzoli.

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AC Milan – Inter Top Scorers this season…

Before the game. Top scorer for AC MILAN: Forward Keisuke Honda with 6 goals

Top scorer for INTER: Forward Mauro Icardi with 5 goals

Player Goals Goals Player
Honda, Keisuke 6 5 Icardi, Mauro
Menez, Jeremy 4 4 Osvaldo, Pablo Daniel
Bonaventura, Giacomo 2 2 Kovacic, Mateo
de Jong, Nigel 2 2 Hernanes
Muntari, Sulley 2 2 Guarin, Fredy

 

  • Before the game .  Here are the last 3 games of AC MILAN: 1 win, 1 draw, 1 lost
08/11/14 SA Sampdoria - Milan 2:2 Round 11
05/11/14 BT Milan - San Lorenzo 2:0 T. Berlusconi
02/11/14 SA Milan - Palermo 0:2 Round 10

 

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  • Here are the last 3 games of INTER: 1 win, 1 draw, 1 lost
06/11/14 UELG St. Etienne - Inter 1:1 Matchday 4
01/11/14 SA Parma - Inter 2:0 Round 10
29/10/14 SA Inter - Sampdoria 1:0 Round 9

 

  • Stats. Here are the previous results for AC Milan as the home side against Roberto Mancini in charge at Inter during his first spell with Inter:

3 wins for Milan: 2-0 in the Champions League in 2005, 1-0 in Serie A in 2006 and 2-1 in Serie A in 2008. The other results were 1 draw (0-0 in Serie A in 2004) and one defeat (3-4 in Serie A in 2006.)

 

LAST 5 MATCHES IN THE FIRST PART OF THE SEASON:

Season 2012/13: AC Milan-Inter 0-1. Round 7.
Season 2011/12: AC Milan-Inter 0-4. Round 2.
Season 2008/09: AC Milan-Inter 1-0. Round 5.
Season 2006/07: AC Milan-Inter 3-4. Round 9.

FORMER PLAYERS:

  • AC Milan: Midfielder Sulley Muntari (at Inter from 2008 to January 2012),
  • Forward Giampaolo Pazzini (at Inter from January 2011 to August 2012) and,
  • Andrea Poli (at Inter for the 2011/2012 season).

Inter: There are currently no former AC Milan players in the Inter squad.

The following players have played for both teams:

  • Andrea Pirlo (at Inter from 1998 to 1999 and at the start of the 2000/2001 season, at Milan from 2001 to 2011),
  • Christian Vieri (at Inter from 1999 to 2005 and at Milan for 6 months of the 2005/2006 season),
  • Ronaldo (at Inter from 1997 to 2002 and at Milan from January 2007 to 2008),
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (at Inter from 2006 to 2009. At Milan from 2010 to 2012).

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HISTORIC MILAN DERBY MOMENT:

Milan-Inter 1-0. Season 2008-2009. Round 5.  AC Milan with coach Carlo Ancelotti facing Inter coached by Jose Mourinho and with the likes of Ibrahimovic and Adriano.   Predictions were in favor of Inter. Yet, hey, hey, things went the other way around.  Milan forward Ronaldinho scoring the only goal of the match in the 36th minute with assist by Brazilian teammate Ricardo  Kakà.   A meaningful victory not only for the bragging rights to rule the city of Milan, but also because helped Milan qualifying directly to the group stages of the Champions League at the end of the season.

 

AC MILAN’S LAST 5 HOME MATCHES IN SERIE A:

Season 2014/15. Milan-Palermo 0-2
Season 2014/15. Milan-Fiorentina 1-1
Season 2014/15. Milan-Chievo Verona 2-0
Season 2014/15. Milan-Juventus 0-1
Season 2014/15. Milan-Lazio 3-1

INTER’S LAST 5 AWAY MATCHES IN SERIE A:

Season 2014/15. Parma-Inter 2-0
Season 2014/15. Cesena-Inter 0-1
Season 2014/15. Fiorentina-Inter 3-0
Season 2014/15. Palermo-Inter 1-1
Season 2014/15. Torino-Inter 0-0

 

AC Milan vs Inter Match Officials

 

Referee Marco Guida will direct the Serie A Week 12 game, AC Milan vs Inter on Sunday 23 November 2014 at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy at 20:45.  It’s the Milan Derby – Derby della Madonnina. Referee Guida  will be assisted by Nicoletti and Marzaloni while fourth official is Melin.

 

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AC Milan – Inter
Sunday 23 November 2014
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Result LAZIO 0 – 3 JUVENTUS, Goals by Pogba and Tevez, Saturday 22 November 2014, Serie A Week 12

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% Ball Possession LAZIO and % Ball Possession JUVENTUS
SS Lazio Lazio 0 – 3 Juventus Juventus FC
.                                                                                       24′ Paul Pogba
.                                                                                      55′ Carlos Tevez
.                                                                                      64′ Paul Pogba

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Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
Lazio, 6th position with 19 points and a positive goal difference of +8
Juventus, 1st position with 28 points and a positive goal difference of +21

 

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
1 Juventus 11 9 1 1 25:4 21 28
6 Lazio 11 6 1 4 21:13 8 19

 

 

Juventus  crushing Lazio at the Olimpico to sure the sole leadership in Serie A reaching now 31 points.  Juventus keeping away AS Roma in the 2nd position with 28 points after defeating Atalanta.  Problem now is for Lazio losing the second consecutive game and getting away from the European zone.

Juventus silencing the Olimpico di Roma Stadium in the 24th minute!   It is midfielder Paul Pogba to lead Juventus defeating Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti with a right footed shot after getting the assist by forward Carlos Tevez.

Far from Lazio reacting, it is Lazio to increase the score.  Following a fast break, in the 55th minute, forward Carlos Tevez defeating goalkeeper Marchetti with a right footed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by midfielder Claudio Marchisio.  This is the 9th goal for Tevez this season and so far the top scorer.

Final nail in the coffin…. Juventus scoring the third goal of the match in the 64th minute with Pogba!  Yep, the assist is by midfielder Roberto Pereyra to Pogba defeating Lazio goalkeeper Marchetti with a left footed shot in the bottom left corner.

Here is LAZIO official starting lineup by coach Stefano Pioli:

LAZIO (4-3-3): Marchetti; Basta, de Vrij, Cana, Braafheid; Parolo, Biglia, Lulić; Candreva, Klose, Keita.

Here is JUVENTUS official starting lineup by coach Massimiliano Allegri:

JUVENTUS (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Padoin; Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba; Pereyra, Tévez; Llorente.

 

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Stats AFTER the game. Top scorer for LAZIO:  Filip Djordjevic with 6 goals

Top scorer for JUVENTUS:  Forward Carlos Tevez with 9 goals

Lazio Goals Goals Juventus
Djordjevic, Filip 6 9 Tevez, Carlos
Mauri, Stefano 3 4 Morata, Alvaro
Klose, Miroslav 3 3 Llorente, Fernando
Parolo, Marco 2 3 Vidal, Arturo
Candreva, Antonio 2 2 Lichtsteiner, Stephan

Click the video to watch the highlights of the game, Lazio vs Juventus, Saturday 22 November 2014, Serie A Week 12

 

Here are the last 3 games of LAZIO:  1 win, 1 draw, 1 lost

09/11/14 SA Empoli - Lazio 2:1 Round 11
03/11/14 SA Lazio - Cagliari 4:2 Round 10
30/10/14 SA Verona - Lazio 1:1 Round 9

 

Here are the last 3 games of JUVENTUS:  3 wins

09/11/14 SA Juventus - Parma 7:0 Round 11
04/11/14 UCLG Juventus - Olympiacos 3:2 Round 4
01/11/14 SA Empoli - Juventus 0:2 Round 10

 

 

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Lazio 0 – 1 Juventus
Saturday 22 November 2014
Olimpico di Roma  Stadium
Rome, Italy

20:45

Referee: DAMATO
Assistants: PADOVAN – BIANCHI
Fourth Official: MUSOLINO
ADD1: TAGLIAVENTO
ADD2: IRRATI

Goals: 24′ Paul Pogba (J)

Official formations – lineups:

LAZIO (4-3-3): Marchetti; Basta, de Vrij, Cana, Braafheid; Parolo, Biglia, Lulić; Candreva, Klose, Keita.

Subs.: Berisha, Strakosha, Konko, Gonzalez, Radu, Prce, Cavanda, Onazi, Ederson, Ledesma, Djordjević, Felipe Anderson.

Coach.: Stefano Pioli.

JUVENTUS (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Padoin; Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba; Pereyra, Tévez; Llorente.

Subs.: Storari, Rubinho, Rômulo, Romagna, Pepe, Vidal, Mattiello, Coman, Morata, Giovinco.

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.

 

 

Result ATALANTA 1 – 2 AS ROMA, Goals by Moralez, Ljajic, and Nainggolan, Saturday 22 November 2014, Serie A Week 12

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45% Ball Possession ATALANTA and 55% Ball Possession AS ROMA
Atalanta 1 – 2 AS Roma AS Roma
1′ Maximiliano Moralez             23′ Adem Ljajic
.                                                                  42′ Radja Nainggolan

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Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
AS Roma, 2nd position with 25 points and a positive goal difference of +13
Atalanta, 17th position with 10 points and a negative goal difference of -7

 

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
2 Roma 11 8 1 2 19:6 13 25
17 Atalanta 11 2 4 5 4:11 -7 10

 

 

AS Roma got what they needed, a victory!   The race for the Scudetto keeping alive after Roma defeated Atalanta at the Atleti Azzurri D’Italia Stadium.  Roma now reaching 28 points to be neck to neck with Juventus.

It’s a surprising goal for Atalanta!  Not even a minute passing by when forward Maximiliano Moralez defeats AS Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis with a right footed shot in the top right corner with assist by midfielder Cristian Raimondi.  The goal happening in the 57 second.  Surely, celebration among players and the fans outpouring their support.

Referee Massa giving the first yellow card of the match to AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan in the 3rd minute after a foul on Atalanta midfielder Carlos Carmona resulting on a free kick.

In the 14th minute, Referee Massa gives a yellow card to Atalanta midfielder Carmona after a foul on AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic … free kick for Roma…

Roma equalizing the score in the 23rd minute.  It is forward Adem Ljajic to defeat Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello with a diagonal right footed shot in the bottom right corner.  The assist is by midfielder Miralem Pjanic.  Great move by Ljajic because he calculated his run well making his way for the final shot.

 

An upset at the Atleti Azzurri D’Italia with AS Roma taking the lead.  In the 42nd minute, midfielder Radja Nainggolan defeating Atalanta goalkeeper Sportiello with a diagonal left footed shot in the bottom right corner.  The assist is by forward Adem Ljajic.

 

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Here is ATALANTA official starting lineup by coach Stefano Colantuono:

ATALANTA (4-4-1-1): Sportiello, Bellini, Stendardo, Cherubin, Dramè; Raimondi, Baselli, Carmona, Gomez; Moralez; Denis.

Here is AS ROMA official starting lineup by coach Rudi Garcia:

AS ROMA (4-3-3): De Sanctis; Torosidis, Manolas, Astori, Cole; Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Ljajić, Destro, Iturbe.

 

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Stats before the game. Top scorer for ATALANTA:  Richmond Boakye with 2 goals

Top scorer for AS ROMA:  Forward Mattia Destro with 4 goals

Atalanta Goals Goals AS Roma
Boakye, Richmond 2 4 Destro, Mattia
Denis 1 3 Ljajic, Adem
Estigarribia, Marcelo 1 2 Florenzi, Alessandro
Bonaventura, Giacomo 2 Totti, Francesco
1 De Rossi, Daniele

 

 

Here are the last 3 games of ATALANTA:  3 draws

08/11/14 SA Sassuolo - Atalanta 0:0 Round 11
02/11/14 SA Turin - Atalanta 0:0 Round 10
29/10/14 SA Atalanta - Napoli 1:1 Round 9

 

Here are the last 3 games of AS ROMA:  1 win, 2 lost

09/11/14 SA Roma - Turin 3:0 Round 11
05/11/14 UCLG B. Munich - Roma 2:0 Round 4
01/11/14 SA Napoli - Roma 2:0 Round 10

 

Disciplinary Situation before the game.  1 suspended player for ATALANTA: Cigarini

1 suspended player for AS ROMA: Francesco Totti

 

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Atalanta 1 – 2 AS Roma
Saturday 22 November 2014
Atleti Azzurri D’Italia Stadium
Bergamo, Italy

18:00

Referee: MASSA
Assistants: DI FIORE – LA ROCCA
Fourth Official: CARIOLATO
ADD1: RUSSO
ADD2: CANDUSSIO

Goals: 1′ Maximiliano Moralez (A), 23′ Adem Ljajic (R), 42′ Radja Nainggolan (R)

Official formations – lineups:

ATALANTA (4-4-1-1): Sportiello, Bellini, Stendardo, Cherubin, Dramè; Raimondi, Baselli, Carmona, Gomez; Moralez; Denis.

Subs: Avramov, Del Grosso, Scaloni, D’Alessandro, Bianchi, Biava, Zappacosta,Spinazzola, Molina, Grassi, Boakyé

Coach: Stefano Colantuono

AS ROMA (4-3-3): De Sanctis; Torosidis, Manolas, Astori, Cole; Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Ljajić, Destro, Iturbe.

Subs: Skorupski, Strootman, Borriello, Keyta, Florenzi, Holebas, Gervinho, Uçan, Somma, Emanuelson, Calabresi, Sanabria.

Coach: Rudi Garcia

Match Stats

 

Atalanta Match Stats AS Roma
1 Goals 2
9 (1) Shots (on goal) 6 (2)
27 Fouls 16
3 Corner kicks 3
2 Offsides 2
45% Time of Possession 55%
2 Yellow Cards 5
1 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Lazio – Juventus: Official Formations / Lineups, Saturday 22 November 2014, Serie A Week 12

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Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
Lazio, 6th position with 19 points and a positive goal difference of +8
Juventus, 1st position with 28 points and a positive goal difference of +21

 

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
1 Juventus 11 9 1 1 25:4 21 28
6 Lazio 11 6 1 4 21:13 8 19

 

Here are LAZIO vs JUVENTUS official formations – lineups  for the Serie A Week 12 game on Saturday 22 November 2014 at the Olimpico di Roma Stadium in Rome, Italy at 20:45

 

LAZIO (4-3-3): Marchetti; Basta, de Vrij, Cana, Braafheid; Parolo, Biglia, Lulić; Candreva, Klose, Keita.

Subs.: Berisha, Strakosha, Konko, Gonzalez, Radu, Prce, Cavanda, Onazi, Ederson, Ledesma, Djordjević, Felipe Anderson.

Coach.: Stefano Pioli.

 

JUVENTUS (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Padoin; Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba; Pereyra, Tévez; Llorente.

Subs.: Storari, Rubinho, Rômulo, Romagna, Pepe, Vidal, Mattiello, Coman, Morata, Giovinco.

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.

 

 

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Lazio – Juventus
Saturday 22 November 2014
Olimpico di Roma  Stadium
Rome, Italy

20:45

Referee: DAMATO
Assistants: PADOVAN – BIANCHI
Fourth Official: MUSOLINO
ADD1: TAGLIAVENTO
ADD2: IRRATI

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MILAN- Filippo Inzaghi spoke to the press on Saturday afternoon ahead of the derby with Inter. These were his opening comments: "There will be stars out on the pitch. I think, and I hope, that the stars are my players and that tomorrow they make the fans happy. I hope the real difference maker are the fans, when our fans want to make the difference they do it. There haven’t been difficulties in preparing the match. Never before have I thought so much about my team than this week, to try and put them in the best condition to play a great derby. When I have these feelings on the eve of the match I am very calm. When a side works as well as this you can only do well, it will be hard to be stronger than this Milan side tomorrow. I never settle and I hope that Milan improve match after match. I think we have to start off from the match with Sampdoria, trying to improve on our weaknesses and increase our strengths. What Papin said really pleased me, Milan has spirit. I don’t think you can talk about just one area of the team for a match as important as this. We’ve prepared in the best way, but now the time for talk is over. Mancini has overseen many derbies. When we arrive at the stadium we will understand that it isn’t a match like the others, you don’t play a derby, you win it. We will seek the win in all ways. We have lots of respect for Inter, but we want to satisfy all our fans. Montolivo will go on the bench, and he has given me some doubts whether to play him or not, we have back an important player and our captain. We will be missing important players, but I am sure that who plays will give their best because they all train with great professionalism. Tomorrow, it will be the spirit that changes the match."Commenting on the absences against Inter: "I have many alternatives to Alex. Zapata has often played well, there is also Zaccardo, Albertazzi, Armero, we’re not missing alternatives, we need to find the best solution. In the past 2 days I’ve tried a 4-2-4 because it is a formation that we’ve already adopted, we’ve played with a 4-3-3 for a long time. I have these two options and now based on the players that I choose, I will decide the formation. I don’t however believe that the formation will change the match. I will try to understand who are the 11 players best suited for this match. We can now use both playing systems in the right way. I know Conte well, the meetings and exchanges of opinions are welcome. We all have respect for the national side and our young talents."Inzaghi’s derby memories as a player: "In the first derby I was lucky to score a goal so I remember it well, just like the euro-derbies in the Champions League for all the tension that was there, and then going to the final and winning in the final against Juventus. I wish my players the same and to myself as a coach. I am happy for my players because they will experience a special match, we will do everything to win. The President doesn’t ever demand anything, he gives us lots of advice brought from his experience, it’s nice that despite the problem to his eye that he wanted to come at all costs and be close to us. He’s our secret weapon and let’s hope we can give him a victory. I am sorry for Mazzarri because he’s a colleague and a good coach, he will come back stronger than before because in 13 years he had never been sacked. Inter under Mancini have changed, but you cannot talk about advantages or disadvantages. I am happy with Torres because his movements are suited to our way of playing, he has an excellent attitude and I hope that he finds the back of the net again tomorrow because he’s a player that can take us back to the top, I hope it’s his match. I’ve seen a side that is following me, a management that believes in our work. The President is close to us, the fans recognise our commitment and this is the basis to take Milan back to the top. We have to always thank the President and the management for what they have given to us, we’re winners and we want to get back to winning. We shall see whether we play with 3 in midfield or not, I will decide everything based on the players called-up."Final comments from the Milan coach: "Honda came back from international duty fully recovered, I still have another training session today, there are many players upfront, but that doesn’t worry me. I will evaluate well and I will understand the best players to start from the first minute and who will be best suited coming off the bench. I have to look at the performance. When I decided to start this journey I knew it wouldn’t be easy. Tomorrow is an important match, but for me, every match is important. When I have the pre-match team meeting, I don’t prepare anything. I don’t know what I will say, at times there is the need to speak for 5 minutes, at other times there’s no need to speak at all. For these occasions usually there is no need for any extra motivation. We have to take to the pitch with our heads held high, I’ve already said this to the squad. I am a young coach, but I have the desire to learn. I am always very self-critical. I am sure that I will continue in this job because I have a desire to learn. I hope that Milan have chosen me for this reason and not just for my past. We’ve focused on ourselves and we want to win, we will do everything to play an attacking match, we hope to give the fans an excellent performance, it won’t be easy. The derby is open to any result. Some of the comments from my players about me are great and please me. I try to be clear and honest when I have to leave someone out, and I hope to be appreciated for this. I have an excellent relationship with Japan, there are many fans from Japan here outside Milanello. I hope Japan sees a great derby. Nagatomo is a good player and I imagine that off the pitch he’s like Honda, a hard worker."

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(IN THE PHOTO: captain Riccardo Montolivo during training)
MILANELLO – The squad headed out to train at 15.30 on Saturday for the final training session ahead of Milan-Inter.

The afternoon training session began with a warm-up and some running on the lower pitch at Milanello. This was then followed by some work with the ball focused on tactics. The session came to a close as per usual with a practice match.

Here are the 23 players called-up to the match-day squad for Sunday’s derby, which includes Riccardo Montolivo: Abbiati, Agazzi, Diego Lopez, Albertazzi, Armero, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Zaccardo, Zapata, Essien, Montolivo, Muntari, Poli, Saponara, Van Ginkel, Bonaventura, El Shaarawy, Honda, Menez, Niang, Pazzini, Torres.

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