Tuesday September 17 2019
'Milan want to be further ahead'

Milan chief Zvonimir Boban has admitted that “we hoped to be further ahead” but urged fans to believe in the ‘process’.

Milan have won two of their first three Serie A games under Marco Giampaolo, but they have scored just two goals so far and face League leaders Inter in the Derby della Madonnina this weekend.

“It was a crazy transfer window, with a thousand agents who wanted to explain football to us,” Boban told reporters.

“Among a thousand things, I realised that Donnarumma was our man in the dressing room.

“He has so much passion, so much ‘milanismo’, despite being so young. He carries a lot of influence.

“We’ve picked up the points we have. We hoped to be further ahead, but it’s a process, a new beginning.

“Inter will also improve over time. The Nerazzurri are a bit more backed than us, even if it’ll be an open game, 50-50.

“You have to keep the emotions of a derby in check. Even I paid the price for that. There’s more to a derby than other matches.

“It takes a bit of time to combine new players, although good players understand each other quickly.

“Sometimes, after just two training sessions, you feel you’re in tune with some players. Inter are a true 3-5-2 team.

“It’s an easier system than one with four defenders. It’s easier for your game to come together.”

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