Sinisa Mihajlovic expects a fiery Sampdoria-Milan, as his ex-teammate Clarence Seedorf “has my same approach.”
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“Milan are an attacking side who play with our system and press high up the field. Seedorf has my same approach to football,” said Mihajlovic in his Press conference.
“I think it will be an entertaining and at the same time difficult match. They did not deserve to lose against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.”
Both sides are fresh from a setback, as the Rossoneri were beaten 1-0 on Wednesday night in Europe, while Samp were crushed 3-0 by Roma.
“I really did not like the attitude of the team in Rome. Our mentality was lacking. It can happen to lose the way we did against Juventus and Napoli, but the defeat to Roma really stuck in my craw.
“Don’t forget when Samp were relegated they reached the halfway stage of the season on 26 points and last season too the results didn’t come in the final stages. If some of the lads feel they are already safe, then we’ve got to fix that mistaken assumption. I hope to see a reaction.
“At times it is good to get angry and I hope the team learned their lesson. What angered me was the performance rather than the result, as the side didn’t look aggressive, concentrated or convinced of what it was doing.
“We cannot afford to take time outs like the big clubs do. We’ve got to get straight back on to the right path against Milan. If the team performs, then the results follow as a consequence.”
Maxi Lopez was hoping to play against his former club, but Mihajlovic hinted that was unlikely.
“Maxi tried out in training yesterday, but he still felt pain. We’ll see today, but I don’t think he’ll start and in fact he might not even be on the bench. The important thing is to have him back to full fitness, so it’s pointless running risks.
“I believe Eder will start in attack. He has the characteristics to cause Milan problems.”
The Blucerchiati are without the suspended Daniele Gastaldello and Lorenzo De Silvestri.