Thursday October 11 2012
'Milan need to recharge mentally'

Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino has admitted he was devastated after the loss to Inter last weekend.

The former Palermo man has conceded that the 1-0 defeat in the Derby della Madonnina was upsetting, but has indicated that, having been left out of the Italy squad, he will use the international break to regroup mentally.

“This next week should be used to recharge the batteries,” he told Milan Channel. “Both physically and mentally.

“Against Inter we lost a bad game, and I'm always sad to lose a derby, but we must remain calm ahead of the upcoming games.”

He also commented on his own start to the campaign, and praised perennially injured teammate Pato.

“This year I have had a difficult start,” he said. “Because of the European Championship I did not do the necessary [pre-season] preparation.

“I wish [Pato] a full year of health. When fit he is amongst the top three of four best strikers in the world.”