Paolo Maldini confirms Alessio Romagnoli is out of the Milan line-up against Verona tonight. ‘We will inevitably lose games, but must play with courage.’
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Romagnoli pulled out during the warm-up with a muscular problem, so Mattia Gabbia is in the starting XI instead.
“We have almost everyone at our disposal right now, so we cannot complain and Gabbia is ready to step in,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia.
The 3-0 defeat to Lille in the Europa League on Thursday was Milan’s first defeat since March, ending a run of 24 competitive games unbeaten.
“I know we will inevitably lose a few games. What I hope is that Milan nonetheless play with courage. Even a heavy defeat like Thursday must make us think, but not become frightened, it spurs us on to react.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was visibly irritated when he was substituted during that defeat to LOSC.
“I played at a high level, so it’s normal to feel motivated, otherwise you can’t handle everything. You need that at the age of 19, 29 and 39, it’s what keeps you going.
“His gesture was a bit of everything, he was angry at himself, at the team, at everyone. Lille probably would’ve reached the Champions League if Ligue 1 had been completed last season.
“Ibra was frustrated, because great champions always want the maximum from every situation. You always seek perfection, but you’ll never find it.”
Milan will go four points clear at the top tonight if they win, so are they Scudetto contenders?
“I can’t say that, because if we reach the end of the season and don’t win the Scudetto, I can’t say I’ll be sad. It’d be fantastic, but I can’t say more than that.”