Monday May 12 2014
Abbiati hoping for ‘miracle’

Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati is hoping for a ‘miracle’ that would see his side qualify for the Europa League.

The Rossoneri had the opportunity to put their destiny in their own hands yesterday in the race for continental qualification, but they were beaten 2-1 by Atalanta.

As a result, they will now have to beat Sassuolo in their final match of the season and hope that neither Torino nor Parma collect maximum points from their encounters.

Speaking to Milan Channel today, the 36-year-old bemoaned the fact his team could not win against La Dea and also said the Rossoneri’s failure to reach Europe would be sad.

“Before the derby I said we would need nine points to get into the Europa League,” Abbiati said.

“If we had won yesterday we would have gone sixth. Now we need to win on Sunday and hope for other results to go our way. It’s out of our hands.

“Milan’s season has been a very strange one. We have been very bad in the League but good in the Champions League until our elimination.

“With the new Coach we improved at the beginning, then started losing a few games, but during the most recent period we have gained a lot of points.

“We are professionals and when we got out on to the pitch we always need to give our best.

“Europa League? I’m still hoping for a miracle. However, coming sixth is not a target Milan should have. We should be fighting for the Champions League, but not seeing Milan in Europe at all is sad.”