Saturday February 23 2013
Montolivo: 'El Shaarawy decides Derby'

Riccardo Montolivo gives his Derby della Madonnina prediction. “Milan will win 1-0 with a Stephan El Shaarawy goal.”

The midfielder sat down with La Gazzetta dello Sport to prepare for tomorrow night’s epic battle with Inter. Click here for a match preview.

“I expect a confirmation of all the good work we did against Barcelona, otherwise it will all have been pointless,” he said after that 2-0 Champions League triumph.

“If I could take a player away from Inter, then it would be Samir Handanovic. I predict Milan will win 1-0 with an El Shaarawy goal, so the papers will stop writing that he’s depressed because Mario Balotelli always scores...”

The Rossoneri are the favourites going into the game and surged ahead of Inter in the standings despite a dismal start to the season.

“It was tough at the beginning and I really didn’t like it that people painted us as some sort of disaster area,” continued Montolivo. “Ultimately the results justified criticism, just as today they justify praise.

“We just have to continue like this and avoid falling into the trap of arrogance and complacency after beating Barcelona.”

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