Wednesday October 17 2018
Romagnoli: 'Give Higuain a half chance'

Alessio Romagnoli goes into his first Milan Derby as captain and believes Gonzalo Higuain will be decisive even with “half a chance.”

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

“It’s only natural that, as captain, you feel more responsibility, but rather than add pressure, it gives me more motivation and makes it an even more fascinating challenge,” Romagnoli told Milan TV.

“We are aware that this game can give us that extra push. Other than it being the derby, Inter are also our direct rivals for a place in Europe.

“It’s an intriguing derby in terms of tradition, with the stadium, the fans and many other elements. I’ve won some derbies, lost others, drawn some: that is football. I hope to continue winning.

“We’ve got to play in the Milan style, impose our football on the game, make the most of our chances and limit their attacks as much as possible.

“It’s crucial to keep it tight, remain concentrated for 95 minutes. We already know their strength and movements, but we have to concentrate on our own football and not concede.”

It is a battle of the Argentine centre-forwards, as Mauro Icardi is up against Gonzalo Higuain.

“The great thing about Higuain is that if you give him half a chance, he’ll put it in the net. Great champions do that and he is a great champion who can give us a hand for a long time to come,” continued Romagnoli.

“In order to win the derby, we require determination and character, but also not feel too much pressure. The Coach knows what we can do and pushes us on to give more every time, because we must never rest on our laurels, even in training. We are all very fond of the Coach.”

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