NEWS
Sunday February 18 2018
Abbiati: 'Milan-Samp fundamental'

Milan team manager Christian Abbiati warned Sampdoria represent “as fundamental a game as the Coppa Italia derby and Lazio.”

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“It’s as fundamental a game as the Coppa Italia derby with Inter and the game against Lazio. We are facing a side ahead of us in the table, so it’s important to get the win,” Abbiati told Mediaset Premium.

“Sampdoria are a really good team, well-organised and dangerous in attack. It won’t be easy, the fans will help us out tonight. Speaking of which, we are happy that the love has returned between Gianluigi Donnarumma and the supporters. He is young, but has a lot of character.”

The same could be said of Gennaro Gattuso, who has gone from interim Coach to possible long-term solution.

“The club gave him this big chance and he is making the most of it. Rino always says what he thinks, he doesn’t take anyone for a ride and is proving himself.”

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