The 21-year-old faced the Italian champions in a pre-season friendly, and will now spend the rest of the campaign with Massimiliano Allegri’s side
MILAN - Filippo Inzaghi has spoken exclusively to Milan Channel about that passion that still binds him to Milan and his decision to stay until the end of season:
"I did not do it, it was tough to leave this environment, leaving my team-mates and fans in two hours without saying goodbye, to the San Siro stadium as it should be and how will I do so in May. So I decided to stay. I want to thank Siena made me feel wanted and important, things that are fundamental for me. At 38 years they offered me and a year and a half contract and I was flattered.
When I received the offer, I thought about the fantastic 11 years at Milan, thanks to my team-mates and those wonderful fans which has made me happy every time I have taken the pitch at the San Siro. Even though I was offered a year and a half at another club I decided to stay and I think I made the right choice. I feel good and I think I can score even more goals. I love football and I love this shirt so that is why I took this decision. I know what awaits me and I know I have three months before I have to say good-bye to the San Siro which will come on the last day of the season. All I did was weigh up this decision, I know what you think of me, Mr Berlusconi, Galliani and I know what I represent for the fans. Talking to the CEO he told me last night that he hoped I would remain with Milan to do something important together.
I'm fine, I have no pain, I know I can still score for this that has given me a lot. Today I thought I would miss you all these things, 11 years, all these goals could not be erased in an instant. The team took a large role in my choice, as did Ambrosini, Bonera, Antonini, and Ibra and the other players: it would have been difficult not to meet up with these guys again.
I have always trained with professionalism and I feel fit. I'd like to score goals in a Milan shirt and then I need a few games to reach 300 appearances after scoring over 300 goals.
These months have made me think about many things, I have remained looked up in the Gallia hotel in downtown Milan, just as has happened in the last days for Maxi Lopez. I don't know how Milan Channel discovered that, but fortunately! So Milan can sign me (laughs.)
Ibrahimovic after his goal with Cagliari ran to greet me because going to the stadium I had predicted just such a free-kick and in the end it went well.
I know what I represent for my teammates and the fans, I'll try to get to 300 games, I do not want to be given it, but I want to earn it, as I have always done in my career, training with professionalism. I will start again today and I hope to be there this weekend. If I had been asked to leave last weekend I would have said goodbye against Cagliari instead of which I will make the most of these months. I will see what I want to do at the end of the season, let's see what the future has in store for me. I wanted it to end as I had dreamed, I won't change that now."
MILAN - Click here for the best photos from Milan's Youth Cup match against Roma.
MILAN - Milan lost 2-1 to Roma in the Youth Italian Cup. Cristante scored from a corner taken by Carmona.
MILAN – The first half of Milan-Roma has ended 0-2 in the Tim Cup. Milan were unfortunate in two occasions, with Speziale’s headed attempt, but the ball hit the bar. Roma went ahead with an own goal from Baldan and Piscitella.
Milan - To read the coach's declarations during the press conference the day before Lazio-Milan, click here:
MILANELLO - Here is what coach Massimiliano Allegri had to say ahead of Lazio-Milan:Tomorrow will be a very difficult game, Lazio played well and won in Verona on Sunday where it is difficult to win. We have a lot of big games in February, the semi-final of the Italian Cup and the last sixteen in the Champions League. We must be ready and get to play all matches in the best physical and mental condition.
Lazio have been playing better away from home so hopefully that will continue tomorrow but it is a team with excellent players, good technique. They have Klose who is having an excellent season, along with Rocchi they are a good partnership. They have Ledesma. They have a good squad and deserve where they are in the table.
The match against Lazio in the Italian Cup was a good one from a technical point of view, they played three at the back, we got in front and played well. That's not taking anything away from tomorrow being difficult because Lazio is a good team.
At 11pm on the 25th we will make our valuations on the month of February and what chance we have of winning the league.
It is normal that Milan are favourites because we won the title last year but it is true that Juventus are the only team unbeaten in Italy and are on 44 points. They have the best defence in the league and are champions of Italy at the moment.
I had players back in training this morning but I haven't decided who will start. The only certainty is that Thiago will be back. Ibra and Robinho will start in attack then I have to decide who will behind them. At the moment, the right of midfield could be either Ambrosini or Emanuelson, I will decide between this evening and tomorrow.
Muntari is a player I know from Livorno. He has done less than he could have. He is a technical player, he is strong, dynamic and he is a good signing for Milan. He has had excellent years, he has all the characteristics to become a great player and he can play in the Champions League.
Despite the absencees we have played well and the results have shown this. Obviously I hope to have everyone back and available as soon as possible. It is difficult to say when Boateng will be back. He's working to get fit like the others.
I think Juventus are having a wonderful year. They are playing well and Conte has done well to get across what he wants from the team and results count in the end. We know we have a tough fixture list and it is important to stick with them so we get to our clash in the best possible state.
Inzaghi is free to decide whether to leave or not. I spoke to Filippo yesterday and I'm happy if he remains as he has been well received so far, if he wants to leave because he wants to get involved and feel the protagonist in every way, he is free to do so, the fact remains that it takes nothing away for what Inzaghi has done for Milan, the respect that I have, who have all the fans, and all Milanello to one that is part of the history of Milan.
Every month, every year they are trying to improve synthetic pitches and it is something that the club and Inter will have to look into eventually. It is difficult playing on the pitch at the weekend.
I didn't expect Nocerino to score seven goals in 15 games but he has taken his chance and he is doing well at Milan.
The veteran forward has made just four Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri so far this term but he explained that he could not leave without saying goodbye to the fans
On Wednesday Milan begin what I believe to be the most crucial part of the 2011/2012 Scudetto campaign. Wednesday begins a run of games so crucial and so tightly packed that it will be both exhausting and telling as to how capable this team truly is for a repeat of last season’s title winning season. Do they have to go undefeated in these matches? No, but dropping points will be crucial in the Serie A title race against Juventus and upstarts Udinese. Behold the February that will define the season:
Feb 1 2:45 ET Lazio v AC Milan Stadio Olimpico Serie A
Feb 5 9:00 ET AC Milan v Napoli Stadio Giuseppe Meazza Serie A
Feb 12 9:00 ET Udinese v AC Milan Stadio Friuli Serie A
Feb 15 2:45 ET AC Milan v Arsenal Giuseppe Meazza Champions League (Round of 16)
Feb 19 9:00 ET Cesena v AC Milan Stadio D. Manuzzi Serie A
Feb 26 9:00 ET AC Milan v Juventus Stadio Giuseppe Meazza Serie A
Four of five matches versus Serie A competition are against strong opposition. Mix in a match against Cesena and a CL match against Arsenal and you have a month to remember, or one we will want to soon forget? I have mentioned in the past how important it is for good teams to reverse results, and while I don’t put tremendous stock is “needing” to beat the big boys to win the Title, I think a team that can earn points in matches they weren’t able to do so in the first half of the campaign is a sign of success and progress.
Beating Napoli last season was a turning point in the Title race last season, Edison Cavani got his revenge this season and Milan should now try and exact theirs. Much has been said about the strength of Juventus this season and their impressive run, but little has been said to the fact that they are really only competing on one front, something Milan doesn’t luxury off. It also needs to be said that regardless of the outcome of this match the season is still on and the tempo at which Juventus is playing matches and Conte’s unwillingness to rotate players could spell a bout of fatigue in early spring for Juventus. Mind you Milan can be just as susceptible, but whereas one team has played on two fronts for a few seasons now, accustomed to the rigors, it has been a while since Juventus has truly been under the gun. A win would surely be nice in this match to silence the critics, but even a loss could have little repercussion if the wheels fall off the bus for Juventus. I for one would rather not wait for that to happen and prefer Milan take’s what belongs to them in that match; three points.
Udinese and Arsenal both also present a unique challenge because their squads are relatively young in comparison, they like to pass and possess the ball, and they can play at a good tempo. So both matches will be physically challenged for Millan, or any opponent for that matter. Everyone wants to continually discuss the scudetto being between Milan and Juventus, but I think if big Clubs falter Udinese sits in a great spot. I also think Arsenal have resigned themselves to being out of the EPL race, and will be hungry to progress in the CL while staying in touch with the EPL top four. At the end of the day these are two very dangerous opponents that should not be taken lightly.
I end the post with lowly Cesena and inconsistent Lazio. The Cesena match should be a penciled in victory, but in true Milan fashion they will win all the matches before it and lose that one!? The real and most immediate test however is Lazio, whom Milan already dispatched last week in the Coppa Italia. It is no secret it is solid well coached squad, capable of limiting chances and fighting for a draw, but Milan has proven their ability to exploit the 3 man defense and deal with the wing play, so if Reja sticks with the same game plan, Milan may be OK in this one. Allegri must consider the entire month before rolling out the same players in each and every match and it would be very good to get a few goals early in this one, which could easily happen if Milan’s attack is firing on all cylinders. Not all that sure what Allegri does with his lineup but my early guess:
Abbiati; Abate, Mexes, Silva, Mesbah; Urby, Ambro, Nocerino; Seedorf; Zlatan, Robinho
El Shaarawi and Lopez should be on the ready in this one and the lack of midfield options may prove damaging as this month wears on. This will require a bit of finesse and rotation and we may very well see the hybrid 4-3-3/4-3-1-2 we discuss last week depending on fitness of the available midfield players. Can’t help but a get a sense of deja-vu from last season’s February and the rash of midfield injuries, let’s hope this is not the case for this year as well.
Welcome to the month from the hell…hope you enjoy it!
A.C MILAN have signed Sulley Muntari on a loan deal
MILAN- Here are the line-ups for Milan-Roma in the Youth Cup:MILAN: Narduzzo, Innocenti, De Sole, Guzzo, Bertoni, Baldan, Calvano, Cristante, Speziale, Carmona, Lora.ROMA: Proietti, Sabelli, Nego, Orchi, Romagnoli, Ricci, Frediani, Verre, Leonardi, Politano, Piscitella.
Club CEO Adriano Galliani left the door ever so slightly ajar with comments made after Sunday’s win over Cagliari but the Rossoneri boss insists that the deal is dead
MILAN - Massimiliano Allegri has named the following squad for the match at Lazio tomorrow:Abbiati, Amelia, Roma, Abate, Antonini, Bonera, Mesbah, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Nesta, Zambrotta, Ambrosini, Emanuelson, Nocerino, Seedorf, Van Bommel, El Shaarawy, Ibrahimovic, Maxi Lopez, Robinho.
The Ghanaian only made four Serie A appearances for the Nerazzurri this term but he will provide valuable cover for the Rossoneri, who have been hit by a midfield injury crisis
MILANELLO - Thiago Silvo joined the team for the last training session ahead of the match against Lazio. Click here for the full training update.
MILANELLO - Milan went through their final training session ahead of the league on Wednesday evening at Lazio.
After a technical talk from coach Allegri the players then went through a warm-up and some stretching.
They then worked on tactical drills to prepare for the match against Edy Reja's men and then there was a match.
Before the players returned to the dressing room they worked on crosses and shots. Thiago Silva joined the team for the full session.
MILAN - Massimiliano Allegri will hold his press conference ahead of the match at Lazio at 14.30.
MILAN - Milan have signed striker Philipp Prosenik from Chelsea. Prosenik, who was born on 3 March 1993 in Vienna, is an Austria Under 19 international.
MILAN - The youth team will face Roma today in the semi-final return leg of the Tim Cup. The first leg finished 6-1 to the Giallorossi.Then from Tuesday, February the 7th the team will take part in the Viareggio Cup.
MILAN - On Wednesday, February 1st will be able to vote on the Gazzetta site (www.gazzetta.it) and the Italian Football League site (www.legaseriea.it), for your favorite player for the prize 'The good standing of football', to which the Milan will participate with Gianluca Zambrotta, the Rossoneri player is a candidate among the 20 players nominated for their deeds outside football. La Gazzetta dello Sport and the Football League have in fact indicated that the 20 players of the championship last year must have distinguished themselves by using their popularity for purely social purposes.
MILAN - Tickets for Milan's Champions League tie at Arsenal on March 6th will go on sale from Wednesday, February the 1st.
The first phase will be reserved for season ticket holders for the 2011-12 season and that will run from February the 1st to the 7th followed by Cuore Rossonero holders from the 8th to the 10th of February and from the 13 to 14th of February the sale will be open to everyone. click here
Tickets will be on sale at the Intesa Sanpaolo bank at a cost of 64euros.
The Austrian youngster has decided to say farewell to Stamford Bridge, and will continue his career with the Rossoneri after three seasons at the Premier League club
The Rossoneri are allegedly keen to add another midfielder to their squad, and have earmarked the Italy international as the perfect signing
The Rossoneri will be looking to stay hot on the trail of league leaders Juventus with a win over Edy Reja’s men at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday
The 66-year-old coach believes that the German striker gives more to the team than the spectacular Swede, while praising the Rossoneri’s quality ahead of Wednesday’s Serie A match
MILAN – The press conference to present Maxi Lopez started with a statement from Adriano Galliani: “We had two attackers on our radar, one is here, and one is not. I must say thanks to Maxi, he has been fantastic throughout the whole process, from when we started talking to Catania in December. Finally at 19.00 last Friday the deal was signed. Yesterday he was on the bench, and his presence brought us luck as won won 3-0. Maxi has a great history behind him, starting at River Plate which is a great club, then Barcelona, and then other important teams. Our coach likes his movement a lot, and I believe he will do well for us, so I wish him well and I would like to welcome him here”.
The first question for Maxi Lopez was from Milan Channel, and he replied: “I have wanted to join since the first minute of talks surfacing between Milan and Catania. I would like to thank the club, who have been very clear with me from the first minute, and I have waited until the last moment. I’ve been optimistic the whole time, because Adriano Galliani and Ariedo Braida have openly discussed the situation with me. I have had to wait a while, but I’ve kept calm. It’s been an interesting week, but Milan have always been a dream side for me, and to arrive at a big club such as this, you have to take a few risks sometimes. Yesterday at the stadium I could really feel what this club is about. For us Argentinians, Milan are an important club, as a kid I would wake up and watch the great Milan who would win the league. Now I’m getting to know my team mates, and yesterday was a real pleasure and now I’m starting to understand everyone’s attitude here. My team mates have welcomed me, and I want to do well for the club and be ready for the next game”.
Still Maxi: “My job is to score, and I will look to do so in every opportunity; a squad such as this fights on all fronts. The derby? I’ve played such games in Argentina, Spain and Sicily, but this will be different to all of those. Tevez? I haven’t spoken to him recently, but he’s a true professional, and whatever happens, he’ll go to a big club; I’ve always had a good rapport with him”.
Adriano Galliani: “The arrival of Tevez isn’t predicted right now, we’ll see what the situaiton is in the summer, but the market is almost closed. The transfer window is very dynamic, you never know what can happen. If you had asked me at 13.00 on August 31st whether the market was open or closed, I would have said closed, but then Nocerino joined us and now he’s doing brilliantly. He has scored seven goals, including a great one last night. It hasn’t been since the time of Benetti that we’ve seen something like it. Between now and 19.00 tomorrow, I can’t tell you what will happen. Pato? There have been many false rumours circulating, but he has decided to stay at Milan, there’s no secret about that and that’s the only truth. Pato called the club and said so, and after many years of experience, I have learned to respect players' decisions. Similar situations hacve occurred for Boban, Serginho and Abbiati. Now the reality is we have a lot of great attacking talent.”
MILAN - To view all the photos of the press conference held by Adriano Galliani and Maxi Lopez, click here
MILAN - Maxi Lopez's presentation at the Hotel NH Touring in Milan has just finished. Adriano Galliani was there to greet the press.To read the full report click here
MILAN - "The race for the title between Juve and Milan will go on until the end of the season. They are both well-equipped sides that are playing different styles of football but with the same objective: to win." These were the words spoken by Cesare Prandelli while participating in a seminar for sports journalists at Coverciano. The Italy coach added, "It's difficult to say which of the two teams is favourite. What is without doubt is that both sides have a strong sense of identity and desire to win." La lotta Scudetto tra Juve e Milan sarà una corsa da seguire fino alla fine, sono
MILAN - Five Milan players are at risk of disciplinary action against Lazio, being one yellow card short of suspension. The players are Luca Antonini, Alberto Aquilani, Daniele Bonera, Djamel Mesbah and Mark Van Bommel. For Lazio, Dias, Hernanes and Stefan Radu are in the same situation. Neither team has any players suspended for the match on Wednesday.