Tuesday November 27 2012
Amelia: 'Milan best 'keepers in Italy'

Marco Amelia claims he and Christian Abbiati provide Milan with “the best pair of goalkeepers in Italy.”

The second choice shot-stopper was a last-minute replacement against Juventus when Abbiati pulled out during the warm-up with back pain, but contributed to the 1-0 victory.

“It isn’t easy having to go into a game like Milan-Juventus with only a few minutes of warning, but fortunately I have a strong personality and the experience to face delicate situations like this,” Amelia told Milan Channel.

“In my view, today Abbiati and I are the best pair of goalkeepers in Italy. Maybe only Juventus with Gigi Buffon and Marco Storari have two figures of the same level as Milan.

“There is also hope for the future, as Gabriel is an excellent goalkeeper for one so young. Right now he is shut out by me and Abbiati, but I am sure he’ll have a great future ahead of him.

“Juve created a lot of play down the flanks in the second half, so I tried to come off my line as much as possible to help my teammates.

“The psychological state of the squad has changed recently and when we feel like that, we can play better and with more confidence.

“At the start of the season there were so many changes, but us ‘old boys’ who stayed behind worked to instil the Milan spirit in the new players.

“I’m glad to say the game with Juventus was the first time this season we’ve really felt San Siro fired up for us. We players need to feel the support of the fans at this moment to get back to the level of recent years.”