NEWS
Wednesday December 16 2015
Miha: ‘Coppa important goal’

Sinisa Mihajlovic says Milan ‘respect Sampdoria’ and that the Coppa Italia is ‘an important objective’ for the club.

The Rossoneri face Miha’s former club at the Stadio Marassi on Thursday evening for a place in the Coppa quarter-finals.

The under-pressure Serbian Coach discussed team selection, the ongoing doubts over the future of Keisuke Honda and recent whistles from fans aimed at Riccardo Montolivo.

"We respect Samp, it’s an important game,” he said at today’s Press conference.

“We’re not playing in Europe so the Coppa Italia is an important objective, we’ll try to get through. We have the quality to win.

"You’ll have to ask Honda what's wrong, he could have taken advantage of the opportunities that he’s had, but he knows what he must do to cause problems for the Coach.

“He’s an important player but if someone is better than him, then the other one plays. Tomorrow? Yes, he’s available and he will be among the 23 players called up. We’ll see if he plays.

“We won’t risk Antonelli, we’ll bring him on the bench. He’s in the group and he’s available.

“Balotelli has a fever and so he won’t be there tomorrow.

“Montolivo? They whistled at him in Florence as well, he’s used to the whistles.

“He’s definitely sorry about it, but the fans are there to express their views. We have to accept everything, plug our ears and play.

"We have some physical problems but tomorrow we’ll play the best team we have right now.”