MILAN – Luca Antonelli, who turned 29 yesterday, has given an exclusive interview to the Milan Channel. This is what the Rossoneri defender had to say about his birthday celebrations with the rest of the squad and about facing former side Genoa this weekend:

“I celebrated my birthday on Wednesday at midnight with the whole team and yesterday with my family and wife. I also received a lot of best wishes from a host of people from Genoa. I still have a great rapport with my old side. It was nice to be able to celebrate with my team-mates. We have a good group of players and we are showing that with our performances. In the past 6-7 matches, we have been a different side compared to the start of the season. We focus a lot on team-work and it’s there to see. Genoa are a top side and they have a brilliant coach. Milan have lost the past 3 meetings with Genoa, but we are preparing in the best way possible because we need all 3 points. We encountered a few difficulties at the start of the season because there were a lot of changes, but we are now having a good season. It’s easy to play alongside Bonaventura. He’s a great player. When we’re in trouble, he’s able to turn things around for us. We must win this weekend as after that we have a tough match at Napoli. For the moment however all thoughts are on the match with Genoa.”