Sinisa Mihajlovic admits he “expected more” from Milan in the Coppa Italia, but is not worried for the trip to Carpi.
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“All games are theoretically within our reach, but we have to prove our strength on the field,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“We take it one game at a time and then see where we are at the midway point of the season. Our objective is to get an average of two points per round.
“We are in good shape, united and concentrated on tomorrow’s game. Carpi are on the way back up, have Marco Borriello in great form and I have a lot of respect for their Coach Fabrizio Castori. It’ll be a dangerous game, so we must do well to break the deadlock and finish it off.”
Midweek the Rossoneri were forced to extra time in the Coppa Italia by Crotone, eventually winning 3-1 at San Siro.
“I chose that line-up because I needed to rest several players. I expected more because it was a Serie B team and we struggled more than we should’ve done. Still, we got through the round, which not all Serie A sides did.”
Mihajlovic hit back at Milan critics by comparing themselves to Juventus and Inter.
“In order to reach the top three you need consistent results and we are trying to get there. Juve are doing very well, but so are we and yet I see no euphoria around us. I am sure we’ll have a better second half of the season than the first.
“Since Roberto Mancini arrived at Inter, they have invested very heavily and he had more time to work than I did. We started from scratch and it takes time. After the defeat to Napoli we averaged two points per game, but can still improve a great deal.
“The most important thing is that the team must never get the attitude wrong. We must always step on to the pitch with the right mentality. It all depends on us.”
President Silvio Berlusconi is currently in hospital after a routine operation to replace his pacemaker.
“We speak every week and I have an excellent rapport with him. I wish him all the best for the operation, but to a lion like him it’s barely an inconvenience.
“All the choices I make are respected by the President and the club. I see Adriano Galliani every day and he is my reference point. The club has always supported me.
“It’s also important to note I never had all the strikers at my disposal, so some choices were forced upon me.”