Giampaolo Pazzini admits he wants “revenge” on his Inter doubters in the derby. “The Milan Hall of Trophies is something special.”
The striker was told he was surplus to requirements the day before pre-season training began and eventually joined the Rossoneri in exchange for Antonio Cassano plus €7m cash.
“Who got the better of the deal? I don’t think about these things,” Pazzini told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
“I am very happy to have chosen Milan. It’s true I will be highly motivated in the derby due to how things ended with Inter. Would I like revenge? A little.”
The hitman did take a sideswipe at his former club, though.
“We are talking about two important teams, but when you walk into Milan’s Hall of Trophies, you realise you have landed somewhere truly special.
“Andrea Stramaccioni is at his first coaching job, so he has to grow. Massimiliano Allegri is already experienced and has won a Scudetto. I have fun with Allegri and he is Tuscan like me, so we speak the same language. When he explains movements and uses certain turns of phrase, I feel like I’m a kid again.
“It’s true I need crosses to give my best, but that is reductive, as I scored 120 goals in my career and not all of them were headers. We have to improve overall with our passing, as too often I rarely get hold of the ball.”
Pazzini swapped places with Cassano, who had been his friend and strike partner at Sampdoria.
“Antonio is a special character. In two years together in Genoa we had a lot of fun. He is a very generous person, though of course if you don’t get along with him, then you really don’t get along.
“I just want it to be a wonderful Sunday. It would be fantastic to win the derby, with my goal even more so. Who would I dedicate the goal to? Let me score it first, then we’ll see.”