Thursday October 3 2013
Robinho: 'Juve-Milan is decisive'

Robinho is happy he stayed at Milan, but reveals they are viewing the clash with Juventus as “a decisive match.”

The Brazilian had been very close a return home with Santos both in January and over the summer, but could not agree terms and recommitted himself to San Siro.

“I am very happy that I remained with this great club and that Milan wanted to keep me. I hope to play here for many years to come,” he told Milan Channel.

“As a team we have to improve, but we are on the right track and I hope it can be the year of Milan. My dream for this season is to win with Milan and then go to the World Cup with Brazil.

“Unfortunately we are missing great players through injury, such as El Shaarawy, Kaka, De Sciglio and others, while Montolivo only just returned. In order to soar, we need everyone.”

The Rossoneri have stuttered this season in Serie A and the Champions League, scraping a last-gasp 1-1 draw with Ajax on Tuesday.

They have the opportunity to close the gap on the leading pack on Sunday evening when visiting the Juventus Stadium.

“We realise the importance of this game, as we are experiencing this as a decisive match. We are extremely motivated and working well, so we hope to play good football and above all to win,” added Robinho.

“Massimiliano Allegri is a great Coach and he was always with the team, even during the most difficult moments.

“Kaka is a very close friend and a great player, so it’s wonderful to see him back at his real home. I hope he can be back on the field as soon as possible. We really miss his quality, as Kaka is a decisive player.”

Mario Balotelli also misses out on the Juventus trip, as he continues a three-match ban for insulting the referee.

“Mario is a champion and one of those players who can make the difference when he’s in good shape. I hope he can relax, even if he has a strong personality.”

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