The 39-year-old feels the controversial attacker should think before he voices his opinion, while adding that the Giuseppe Meazza side can win the Scudetto this term
The veteran keeper accepts Juve are favourites for this year’s Scudetto, but believes a number of teams can challenge the Turin side, particularly with coach Antonio Conte banned
(IN THE PHOTOS: Stephan El Shaarawy and Francesco Acerbi in action)MILANELLO – The last training session has come to a close for the Rossoneri ahead of tomorrow’s match against Atalanta at 20.45 at the San Siro.
After the technical team meeting, the team warmed up without the ball and did some calisthenics followed by a stretching session. Training continued with some tactical drills ahead of the macth against the team from Bergamo.
At the end of the session, Massimiliano Allegri read out the list of the 24 players called up: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Abate, Acerbi, Antonini, Bonera, De Sciglio, Mesbah, Mexes, Yepes, Zapata, Ambrosini, Boateng, De Jong, Constant, Emanuelson, Flamini, Nocerino, Traorè, Bojan, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pazzini.
MILAN - Here's Milan's 24 man squad called up for the match against Atalanta tomorrow evening at 20.45:Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Abate, Acerbi, Antonini, Bonera, De Sciglio, Mesbah, Mexes, Yepes, Zapata, Ambrosini, Boateng, De Jong, Constant, Emanuelson, Flamini, Nocerino, Traorè, Bojan, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pazzini.
MILANELLO - A surprise visit today from Milan's legendary captain to the young Rossoneri teams at the Vismara sports centre.
A surprise visit by Franco Baresi to the young players at the Vismara sports centre. The Milan legend gave his best wishes to the young Rossoneri who start their campaign on Sunday. Alongisde Baresi was Filippo Galli, another centre half for both Sacchi and Capello’s Milan sides.
MILAN - Coach Colantuono has called up 21 players for trip to the San Siro tomorrow evening. Here's the list: Bellini, Biondini, Bonaventura, Brivio, Cazzola, Cigarini, Consigli, De Luca, Denis, Ferri, Frezzolini, Lucchini, Manfredini, Matheu, Moralez, Parra,Polito, Raimondi, Scozzarella, Stendardo, Troisi.
(IN THE PHOTO: Massimiliano Allegri during the press conference)MILAN – Here’s what Massimiliano Allegri said to the gathered journalists on the eve of Milan-Atalanta:“Tomorrow will be a tough game against a team that concedes very little space. We’ll need to be patient. Atalanta didn’t deserve to lose against Lazio and they did well in Cagliari, they have the quality to do us damage on the counter attack. I was happy to have got Cassano ready for the European Championships just as I’m happy now that Pazzini is back in the national side. A coach works for his club but for the national side as well. Football is beautiful because it’s strange. We could have drawn against both Sampdoria and Bologna, instead we lost and then we won but now we have 3 points. We have to improve, especially in attack we have to be sharper: The team needs to be free mentally and not nervous about the result because we have a lot of new and young players in the squad. The best thing to do is to take it game by game without looking too far ahead. Now we have Atalanta and after that we go to Anderlecht. We have 7 games in 21 days and we’ll prepare for them one at a time”.“More than a 4-2-3-1, this year I have midfielders who can play wide and that allows me to change the formation during the game. De Jong and Ambrosini provide alternatives for each other but they can also play together. Niang? He’s 17 and should be judged as such even if he has good qualities. He’s one for the future, to talk about him as a starter seems excessive. I took off Pazzini in training yesterday after 20 minutes as he had a problem with his knee but I’m 90% sure he’ll play from the start. Judgements about myself don’t scare me. When I got here they said I wasn’t ready but in the last 2 years we’ve done better than anyone else. I‘m calm, it’s normal that a lot of coaches have the ambition to come and work here. I know the group I have available to me and I know we’ll face problems along the way but the results will speak for themselves and we’ll have to try and grow with a sense of calm that should mark us out. El Shaarawy tends to play on the left with us as well, not only with the Italian Under 21 side. He’s a 19 year old and he has a lot to learn. I think we tend to expect a bit too much from young players and we put too much responsibility on their shoulders. They have to grow both physically and tactically”.“Against Bologna we conceded very little until we scored then we stretched ourselves a bit too much. Clearing things up with Galliani? To clear things up, there would need to something to clear up and there hasn’t been. I’ve had dinner with him about 100 times since joining the club, we see each other often and I think that’s normal. Pato’s recovery is proceeding well. Robinho will be back before him and Montolivio is almost there, we have to see if he can play against Anderlecht without running any big risks. Coaches haven’t just to give out numbers from the bench; it’s not formations that make you win games but the organization and the players. It’s a bit presumptuous to say as much. Football isn’t basketball, it’s a different sport. De Sciglio can play on the left and we have good players there like Antonini, mesbah and Constant. Mexes is fine and if he doesn’t play tomorrow he might play in the Champions League. We have more subs on the bench this year so we’ll see tomorrow”.
The Dutch veteran was on target for the Brazilians, converting a neat volley against Cruzeiro
The versatile midfielder will not be fit for the Rossoneri’s next fixture, but is expected to be back playing very soon
Bojan could be in line to start for the home team, who slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Sampdoria in their own stadium before bouncing back thanks to a Pazzini triple
The Rossoneri trainer is feeling sorry for his suspended colleague, and has wished the Bianconeri boss all the best
The Rossoneri trainer is feeling sorry for his suspended colleague, and has wished the Bianconeri boss all the best
The Azzurri legend has lavished praise on the rising young attackers on the peninsula but believes in Europe, Serie A giants AC Milan will struggle to make an impact
The Dutch legend admits he would find it hard to turn down the chance to take over at the Rossoneri while reflecting on his time as a player for the Italian giants
MILAN - Riccardo Montolivio had this to say to the Milan Channel after training today:"I feel a lot of better and can’t wait to get back on the pitch naturally enough but together with the medical staff and the technical staff, we’ll make that decision together. The objective is obviously to get off to the best possible start after the international break."
MILANELLO – The team trained as a whole today except for transatlantic internationals Zapata and Yepes.Massimiliano Allegri took the chance to work on the team’s tactics ahead of the match against Atalanta on Saturday evening.The team worked with the ball at their feet on the lowered pitch at the Milanello sports centre ending the session with a practice match.Robinho, Pato and Muntari trained apart today with all three working hard with an without the ball.Riccardo Montolivio did some intense running today after starting the session with the rest of the group.Training tomorrow is scheduled for after Allegri’s press conference at 14.00.
The Rossoneri defender believes that the club has the potential to be successful this season, despite losing Thiago Silva and Alessandro Nesta this summer
MILANELLO - Massimiliano Allegri spent today working on tactics ahead of the match against Atalanta on Saturday evening.All the internationals except for Zapata and Yepes are back training while Riccardo Montolivio spent the session doing intense running drills.
A rich weekend of youth sector action for the Rossoneri young players:
SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
ESORDIENTI 2001 A – Friendly: Hellas Verona-Milan, at 15.00 in VeronaESORDIENTI 2002 B - Friendly: Hellas Verona-Milan, at 15 in Verona
SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
ALLIEVI NAZIONALI – Match Day 2Hellas Verona-Milan, at 15.00
ALLIEVI I E II DIVISIONE – Match Day 1Monza-Milan, at 15.00 in Monza GIOVANISSIMI NAZIONALI – Match Day 1Milan-Lumezzane, at 11.00 at the Vismara sports centre in via dei Missaglia 117 (MI)
GIOVANISSIMI REGIONALI B – Match Day 2Mantova-Milan, at 10.30 at the Zamboni stadium in via Colombina 44
PULCINI B – Friendly:Milan-Lombardia 1, at 15.00 at the Vismara sports centre in via dei Missaglia 117 (MI)Milan-Magenta, at 16.00 at the Vismara sports centre in via dei Missaglia 117 (MI)
MILANO - Here are all the designated referees for Serie A's Match Day 3:Chievo-Lazio (12.30), Rizzoli; Fiorentina-Catania, Doveri; Genoa-Juventus, Rocchi; Milan-Atalanta (Saturday at 20.45), Orsato; Napoli-Parma, Gervasoni; Palermo-Cagliari (Saturday at 18), Mazzoleni; Pescara-Sampdoria, Pinzani; Roma-Bologna, Guida; Siena-Udinese, De Marco; Torino-Inter (at 20.45), Banti.
MILAN - Daniele Orsato will be in charge of Milan-Atalanta on Saturday evening at 20.45.He'll be assisted by Walter Giachero and Maurizio Liberti, while Paolo Valeri and Luca Pairetto will be behind the goals. Filippo Meli will be the fourth man.
Orsata has refereed Milan 13 times in the past with a record of 6 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses.
The promising midfielder has caught the attention of the Rossoneri following his breakthrough at the Amsterdam ArenA
MILAN – It ended 7-0 for Milan’s Primavera side yesterday afternoon in a friendly against Beretti Monza-Brianza. Petagna got a double in the first half and after the break, Petanga scored again, Pedone got a double and Spagnoli and Cristante also got on the score sheet.
A double friendly for Milan’s Pulcini side. Both the 8 year olds and the nine year olds, coached by Marino Frigerio and Andrea Biffi won against Juventus with respective score lines of 4-3 and 6-3.
From 5 to 7 September at Milan’s Technical Centre in Cimiano, the coaches underwent an internal course. The course was targeted at the coaches of Milan’s many football schools and the objective is to have all centers working along the same lines allowing them to develop their young players’ abilities in the best possible way. Filippo Galli was on hand as was Laura Masi, the club’s head of marketing. The course was coordinate by Fabio Pansa and also included Falvio Florin, Silvio Brodi and Edy Zanoli.
MILAN - Atalanta trained behind closed doors yesterday ahead of their next league meeting against Milan. Colantuono's side had a practice match against the Primavera side under the driving rain. Schelotto may or may not make be on the starting lineup, fitness permitting as he trained apart yesterday.
MILANELLO - The team is getting back to work after the internatioanal break. Click here for more details.
MILAN – It wasn’t an easy match for Roma. On match day 6 of last season, they had yet to win at home and Atalanta arrived on the back of 4 wins and a draw.Saturday October 1 last season was an important test for Luis Enrique’s new look Roma side, including new signing Bojan Krkic.It ended 3-1 for the Giallorossi and was their first home win as well as the first loss for Atalanta.Bojan Krkic scored his first goal in Italy, no doubt a memory that will stay with him forever.It’ll be another Saturday evening with Atalanta as the adversary for Bojan this weekend. He got a double in training yesterday and he’ll be hoping to get on the pitch on the weekend. History bodes well for Milan’s new numberr 22.
MILANELLO – The team left the gym yesterday shortly after 16.00 and worked with the ball at their feet on the external pitch.
The team worked on tactics as well as having a practice match.The team’s internationals all worked with the main group of Acerbi, Pazzini, El Shaarawy, De Sciglio, Emanuelson, Mesbah and Constant.Nocerino and Traorè trained apart while Zapata and Yepes are expected back tomorrow.Riccardo Montolivio is continue his personalised program in the gymRobinho, Muntari and Pato trained by running.
Today’s session is scheduled for the afternoon.