Friday September 20 2019
Giampaolo: Milan must 'have fun'

Marco Giampaolo confirms Andrea Conti will play against Inter as the Milan boss urges his side to “have fun” in the derby tomorrow.

Conti has started the season behind Davide Calabria in Milan’s right-back pecking order after two years ravaged by injury.

However, Giampaolo assured the former Atalanta defender was ready to cover for his suspended teammate at San Siro.

“The derby has its own climate,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“It’s a climate that gets you involved and drives you on, a feeling that I’ll tell you about after the game.

“This is a very important game because the derby makes history in its own right. I lived through a different one in Genoa and I know what it means for the fans and club.

“It’s an important match, and I aim to play in many important matches. As for whether Inter are favourites, you have something to win or lose in every game.

“It’s an important challenge and it’ll always be that way, between now and the end of the season.

“I don’t know how Inter have got to the game. A derby is so unique that it escapes any kind of prediction. I have faith in our ability to know how to play it.

“Conti will play tomorrow. He has an important chance. As for the new signings, there’s only Milan for me.

“I train 23 players and I’m happy to do that. For me there’s only Milan, who are above all individual interests.”

The ex-Sampdoria boss then stressed the need for cool heads and that the issue with Lucas Paqueta had been “blown completely out of proportion”.

“I don’t care about jitters, I just want a focused group of players. The level of these games alone gets you going. There’s no need to add anything to preparation.

“I prefer calm players. We must know how to have fun. There was no confrontation or edginess. It’s been blown completely out of proportion.”

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