MILAN - Here's what Vincenzo Montella had to say to the press ahead of Milan-Fiorentina tomorrow afternoon:
"The compliments from Galliani were pleasing but we have to keep our feet on the ground. This week we’re been on the receiving end of a lot of flattery and that could be bad. We have to remember that tomorrow we’ll be up against a great team with great players who can change the game in an instant. Aquilani is doing much better but he doesn’t have 90 minutes in his legs yet. Montolivo is an international player with great qualities. The absence of Jovetic tomorrow is disappointing because it’s a big game but we should be able to deal with his absence. Milan are not in a crisis at the moment as they’ve found results and good play recently. At 13 years old, I was a Milan fan. I used to like Sacchi’s team and my idol was Van Basten. El Shaarawy is growing up fast, he’s a player who works really hard even in defense”.
(IN THE PHOTO: Boateng and Ambrosini in training this afternoon)
Training started today at the Milanello sports centre at 15.00.
The team started work on the central pitch with a warm up which saw the players ding sprints and slaloms between the cones.
At the end of this stage of training, Massimiliano Allegri started work on tactics, the principle part of the training session with two teams of 11 players each on the pitch.
Abate and Antonini both worked out in the gym but apart from them, all players were training this afternoon at Milanello including El Shaarawy, Ambrosini, Robinho and Boateng.
Training tomorrow is scheduled for 15.30 while Allegri will speak to the press at 14.00.
MILAN - Massimo Ambrosini spoke to the Milan Channel today. Here’s some of what he had to say:
“I think that the management of the difficult period that we went through was impeccable by all parts of the club including the coach who was very good. He put himself on the line and showed that he has a certain type of humility. Changing the formation was a way to look for a solution to the situation. The management from the club was ideal as well. Coming out defending him openly in every opportunity gave the team a sense of certainty. In a moment like that it was important to stay compact and the fans were exemplary in this as well. I don’t how many other clubs could count on that type of support from the fans. Us players as well were never anything less than committed”.
“Betting on the players and coach who knows how to manage these situations is a credit to the club. They did well in standing by the coach, a man with whom I have a very clear relationship. Even more so this year as alongside Yepes, I’m the oldest player”.
MILAN – The new Riccardo Montolivo website was launched today in the city. www.montolivo.it was born with the idea of providing a direct link between the player and the fans. Speaking to the press, Riccardo also spoke of the current situation regarding himself and the team as a whole.
MILAN - The team will go through an afternoon training session at 15.00 today but before that remember to get your questions send in for Alexandre Pato's twitter Q&A at 14.00 CET.
Click here for find out how you can ask Pato a question.
MILAN - Milan chief executive, Adriano Galliani, has been honoured by Jaeger Le Coutre ahead of Sponsor Night with a personalised watch containing the celebrated quote from club founder Herbert Kilpin: "We are a team of devils. Our colours are red as fire, and black, to invoke fear in our opponents."
Galliani then turned to the team's recent form and said: "We are starting to climb up the table quickly and we can assure our sponsors that the team will be back in the position it has occupied during the reign of president Berlusconi. We are proud of our sponsors who are all leaders in their sector."
MILAN - Mattia De Sciglio was present at the club's Sponsor Event at the San Siro and talked about his form and Ignazio Abate's injury: "It is always a pleasure to come to these events and I am feeling better after a bout of flu. I am sorry about Ignazio's sorry as he is an important player and hopefully he will recover soon. I now have the chance to play more and I will look to give my all. Mr De Vecchi has said I am a future number two for Milan so I thank him but I have a lot to do."
Dolcetti’s Primavera side will face Padova in the last 16 of the Primavera TIM Cup. Padova qualified at the expense of Udinese thanks to two goals in the first leg away game. The two leg cup tie will be played on 28 November and 8 December.
MILAN – Here are the individual and team numbers ahead of the Viola’s visit to the San Siro on Sunday afternoon:THE LAST FIVE GAMESMILAN - Milan-Inter 0-1, Lazio-Milan 3-2, Milan-Genoa 1-0, Palermo-Milan 2-2, Milan-Chievo 5-1.FIORENTINA - Fiorentina-Bologna 1-0, Chievo-Fiorentina 1-1, Fiorentina-Lazio 2-0, Genoa-Fiorentina 0-1, Fiorentina-Cagliari 4-1.THE FIVE MOST USED PLAYERSMILAN - El Shaarawy 931 minuti, Bonera 799, Montolivo 799, Abbiati 761, Abate 720.FIORENTINA - Viviano 1041 minuti, Borja Valero 1013, Jovetic 1005, Roncaglia 945, G. Rodriguez 914.ASSIST TABLEEmanuelson 19, Jovetic 18, Pizarro 16, El Shaarawy 14, Pasqual 14, Borja Valero 14, Bojan 10.GOAL SCORING ASSISTS - Borja Valero 4, Emanuelson 3, Abate 2, Aquilani 2, Jovetic 2, Lijaic 2, Ambrosini 1.
SHOTS AND GOALSSHOTS - Jovetic 47, El Shaarawy 35, Boateng 30, Lijaic 25, Pazzini 18, Montolivo 16, Pasqual 14.GOALS - El Shaarawy 8, Jovetic 3, Pazzini 4, Toni 3, Montolivo 2, G.Rodriguez 2, Cuadrado 1.MILAN STATISTICSPOSSESSION: 29:13 minutes per game. (1' team in the League)SHOTS ON TARGET: 6.2BALLS PLAYED: 625.3PASSES COMPLETED: 70.6 %TERRITORIAL SUPREMACY: 13:17 minutes spent in the opposition’s half (1' team in the League)DANGER INDEX: 57.2 %
FIORENTINA STATISTICSPOSSESSION: 26:43 minuti ad ogni partita.SHOTS ON TARGET: 5.6BALLS PLAYED: 583.5PASSES COMPLETED: 68.5 %TERRITORIAL SUPREMACY: 11:52 minutes spent in the opposition’s halfDANGER INDEX: 54.8 %
(Source: Panini Digital per legaseriea.it)
Filippo Inzaghi’s Allievi Nazionali side beat Renate in a friendly today 3-2. Auletta was set up by Di Mofetta for the opener and DI Molfetta turned from provider to scorer for the second. Milan’s third goal came from Moreo in the second half.
MILAN - Andrea Romeo has refereed 81 Serie A matches after making his debut on 29/05/2005. He has refereed Milan twice with a record of a win and a loss and has done Fiorentina 6 times with a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses.
MILAN- Here are the designated referees for the next round of Serie A action:
Cagliari-Catania (Saturday at 18.00): Di Bello.Pescara-Juventus (Saturday at 20.45): Banti.Palermo-Sampdoria (at 12.30): Giannoccaro.Chievo-Udinese: Doveri.Genoa-Napoli: Rizzoli.Lazio-Roma: Rocchi.Milan-Fiorentina: Romeo.Parma-Siena: Celi.Torino-Bologna: Gervasoni.Atalanta-Inter (at 20.45): Damato.
(IN THE PHOTO: Training at Milanello)MILAN – After yesterdays’ match against the Primavera youth side, Milan got back to work this morning at 11.30 at the Milanello sports centre.
Ignazio Abate spent the session in the gym with Luca Antonini, Didac Vilà,
Djamel Mesbah and Adria Carmona. Sulley Muntari and Bakaye Traorè both trained apart.
The rest of the players trained on pitch 4, warming up with and without the ball, some tactical considerations and finishing off with a practice match with 6 mini goals, three for each team.
Training tomorrow is scheduled for 15.00.
MILAN - Alexandre Pato will be the special guest on the Milan Twitter question and answer session on Friday, November the 9th so get your questions ready at @milan.com using the hastag #askPato.
The Brazilian star will be online at 14.00 CET so it will be a wonderful occasion for Milan fans all around the world to send in their questions to the Rossoneri striker.
The club have had many successful social media interactions with fans recently.
There was the google + hangout with Daniel Massaro which you can watch here at #hangoutMassaro as it appeared on youtube.
Then there have been twitter Q&As #askGalliani, #askAllegri and #askBoa which were all hugely successful.
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MILAN – Milan’s main sponsors will be present at Sponsors Night at the San Siro on Thursday, November the 8th.
The event will be streamed live on the official site and youtube with the club’s chief executive Adriano Galliani and the president of Infront, Milan’s commercial partner, Marco Bogarelli hosting the event.
The club will outline its plans for hospitality at the San Siro and the ever-growing e-marketing sector which is bringing fans from all around the world that much closer to all things Rossoneri.
MILANO - the most recent goal scored by an Italian for the rossoneri against Fiorentina at the San Siro was Rino Gattuso on 25th March 2006. On that day the rossoneri won 3-1, with the midfielder getting the third.
Since then Kakà got a penalty in September 2007, Pato in January 2009, Ronaldinho in May 2011 and Ibrahimovic in the two previous seasons.