Parma Coach Roberto Donadoni says his connection to Milan will not distract him from the task at hand on Saturday.
Donadoni spent several years with the Rossoneri as a player, and has more recently been linked with their bench, Ducali President Tommaso Ghirardi having to deny 'The Don' would replace Massimiliano Allegri next summer.
“For me Milan represents the past,” he began in his pre-match Press conference.
“Even if the past is undoubtedly important, they are opponents this weekend. Sentiment cannot affect things, I am Parma's Coach now. Even it sounds banal, it is so, Milan are an opponent in the League and should be dealt with as such.”
A controversial injury time equaliser from Marco Borriello on Wednesday night allowed Genoa to take a point from Donadoni's side, but the former Italian international says his men have recovered well.
“We have not been involved in any kind of controversy, the boys were silent, but everyone can see and evaluate what happened. I will not say anymore in that regard now.
“Tomorrow morning I will do the last considerations for the starting XI. At the moment there are no guarantees. There are some players who are more tired. Some are more difficult to recover, we will see.”
In his interview with Gazzetta dello Sport today Ghirardi revealed he was working to extend Donadoni's contract at the Ennio Tardini.
“It makes me very happy, the ingredients are all here for continuity and what the President said gives me further encouragement and pride.”
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