Milan Coach spoke on the eve of the final home game of season against Torino: “I hope to stay again next year. I have made errors? Yes, but I tried my best.”
Milan host Torino on Sunday night in their final home game of season. All hopes of qualifying for the Europa League have turned to ashes but Milan are still looking to end their nightmare of a season positively.
Reports are flying in that Milan are looking to bring Real Madrid boss and former coach Carlo Ancelotti for the upcoming season, but ‘SuperPippo’ is confident that he’ll be spending another season on the Rossoneri bench.
“This year we have made mistakes, but I think that both myself and the team have grown. All of us will have to do better next season. For myself, I hope to stay and do better. I hope that I can bring Milan back to where it belongs, I have some ideas on how I can achieve this.
“I definitely have some regrets, but I think I can hold my head high because I gave everything I had. Everyone was unhappy with the amount of injuries the squad were having, but there’s not much we can do about that.
“Ancelotti? It’s great to here that he’s interested in coming back, as he said he will return to Milan some day. However, no one has told me anything, even President [Silvio] Berlusconi has openly said that Milan are not looking for anyone.”
The Italian was asked about the club’s President, Silvio Berlusconi but refused to comment on him.
“I mustn’t give any answer regarding the President. During these nine months, he has shown me support and he has also complimented me on my work. Obviously, at times we found disagreements, but I have always been allowed to work in peace. Again, I’d like to say that I want to give my best to this club and I expect the club to communicate what it feels best.”
Inzaghi also left a few comments regarding the fixture against Torino, which takes place at the San Siro at 19:45 PM UK time.
“We mustn’t think of the players we are missing, but only to play a good game against Torino. It will be a complicated match as they are a side who play well, but we hope to make a good impression in the final home game of the season. Fans in recent times have come to the San Siro with disappointment, we must try and win their hearts back by showing what the jersey means to us.”
Injury-plagued forward Stephan El Shaarawy has barely had any minutes on the pitch in the past few seasons, but Inzaghi has faith in him and has said that he may start from the first minute against the Granata, as well as commenting on youngster Davide Di Molfetta.
“I think I may give Stephan [El Shaarawy] a starting spot. But let’s not forget the fact that he has just come back from a long term injury. If he looks well, I think he will play, otherwise in that role I could decide to use Di Molfetta. He’s [Di Molfetta] a very useful player in that area of the field.”
M’Baye Niang and Riccardo Saponara are both out on loan to Genoa and Empoli respectively and they’ve both had great spells, but Inzaghi feels they were not developed well enough to earn a starting role for Milan.
“Certainly, if they weren’t interesting young players, Milan wouldn’t of purchased them in the first place. Unfortunately, in Italy we do not have the patience to wait. I remember in the home defeat to Palermo earlier this season, Saponara was by far the best player on the field but the following day newspapers said he was disappointing.
“I’ve coached the youth team to know better than most. There are many great young talents, but it’s best for them to wait for the right moment for them to begin. [Gian Filippo] Felicioli is a great young talent and he was born in 1997. There are also good players who were born in 1998.”
The Milan side that Inzaghi saw against Sassuolo and Napoli impressed him, and he also heaped praise on star players Bonaventura and Diego Lopez for what they had to say about him during the week.
“I think that in the last three games, we have played with the right attitude. I’m sure that if luck was on our side, the outcomes of the Sassuolo and Napoi games would of had different outcomes. The words of Diego Lopez and Bonaventura are the words spoken by real men.”
Finally, the Rossoneri Coach commented on the past successes of Milan and spoke of how he hopes to bring Milan back to its former glories.
“I am convinced that, errors aside, this year we were unlucky. I am happy that many fans have written to me to remember the final in Athens in 2007. In the final in Istanbul in 2005, however, I couldn’t give my contribution and I suffered from that.”