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Ahead of Milan’s clash at the Mapei with Sassuolo on Sunday, manager Siniša Mihajlović addressed the media in his weekly pre-match press conference.

Mihajlović opened his presser by discussing his opponent, via acmilan.com:

“We’re fully aware that Sassuolo play good football and that they’re a dangerous outfit. They have got themselves back on track and it will no doubt be a very difficult game. But we have the abilities to compete and to win the match.”

The rossoneri’s struggles at the hands of Sassuolo have been well documented, but the former Sampdoria boss is optimistic about his chances breaking this funk:

“Milan have never won at the Mapei Stadium, but as a coach I am unbeaten there. If the players keep up recent displays, we will win.”

Mario Balotelli and Jeremy Menez each found the back of the net in the 5-0 win over Alessandria earlier this week in the Coppa Italia. The manager on his strategy to integrate both attackers:

“Menez and Balotelli don’t have the intensity that I am asking for at the moment. With this in mind, both have their pros and cons. The main thing however is that both of them try and leave their mark on the game and that is what I am expecting from them. I think Balotelli will start and then Menez will come on during the match.”

With a Champions League spot in the crosshairs, Mihajlović emphasized the importance of these upcoming matches:

“We have made up points on some of the teams ahead of us, but we know that we cannot afford to put a foot wrong. The next three matches will be crucial and they will reveal whether we can fight for third place or not. We will try and do our part.”

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