Sunday April 8 2012
Mutti applauds Palermo anyway

Bortolo Mutti applauds a decimated Palermo’s efforts against Juventus, especially Milan Milanovic, who played on with a fractured nose.

The Rosanero were without numerous star players, including four who were suspended, for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to leaders Juve.

“I complimented the lads, as they gave absolutely everything,” said the Coach. “We accept this defeat, but must also praise these boys who showed their worth.

“We had a very young defence out there and they did pretty well against a Juventus side in great shape. It was tough, as Juve are unbeaten and hearing about Milan’s result just fired them up even more.

“I don’t know how things might’ve gone if we’d had a full squad at our disposal, but I want to thank those who did play, as we came out of this game with our heads held high. I can only praise their courage.”

Defender Milanovic was a particular hero for the fans, as he fractured his nose in a clash of heads with Marcelo Estigarribia during the first half.

The fracture was put back in place on the pitch by medical staff and he insisted on playing the full 90 minutes. Milanovic, who turned 21 last week, will undergo surgery to stabilise the fracture on Monday.

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