Defeat within the Derby della Madonnina wouldn’t sound a demise knell for AC Milan’s title problem, based on head coach Vincenzo Montella.
Regardless of spending over 200 million euros on new gamers in the summertime, Milan have already misplaced three Serie A video games, a run which has left them 9 factors off the tempo set by early leaders Napoli.
Their opponents at San Siro on Sunday are metropolis rivals Inter Milan, who’re simply two factors off prime spot due to an unbeaten begin that includes six wins from seven matches.
Such is the sense of disappointment across the Rossoneri that Montella’s long-term job safety has been referred to as into query, however the former Roma and Sampdoria boss just isn’t fascinated by paper speak.
He informed acmilan.com: “Would a defeat be nearly irreparable? No, there’s nonetheless an extended method to go to the tip of the season and in addition to, earlier than a match, I solely have the win in thoughts.
“We mustn’t be troubled, we want the proper grit and willpower, however need to be cool, calm and picked up, though we all know the significance of this match for each golf equipment.
“I’ve now performed and coached in a number of derbies, there’s plenty of strain however that is extremely motivating. We have to give attention to ourselves and never on our opponents.”
On Inter, Montella added: “The seven-point hole between the 2 groups does not do us justice, and we’ve to show that on the pitch.
“They’re a well-balanced group, with skilled and pacey gamers.
“We’ve got to forestall them from crossing the ball in, enjoying up the pitch and shutting down the areas they wish to assault from.
“Is there a participant I’d need Inter to not have? Ivan Perisic.”
Sadly for Montella and Milan, the Nerazzurri do have their Croatian talisman obtainable and certainly Inter head into the primary derby of the league marketing campaign with solely Marcelo Brozovic lacking.
For Milan, Turkish free-kick knowledgeable Hakan Calhanoglu is suspended.
Inter coach Luciano Spalletti just isn’t too fascinated by personalities and as an alternative targeted his reward on the group work his gamers have displayed over the previous couple of months.
“Who’s my key man?” the Tuscan tactician stated on inter.it. “The group. Whoever it finally ends up being, that is superb with me.
“Everybody contributes to getting the group enjoying at their finest. Staff work is the one method to get outcomes. The extra effort you make, the extra luck you’ll have.
“To win the derby offers you three factors and enthusiasm if you understand how to harness it correctly.
“Our season will probably be measured in opposition to extraordinarily essential moments such because the derby, so we’ve to exit and play and provides our all. No excuses, I anticipate all of them to get it finished.”