Milan 16-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma was picked because ‘he’s better than Diego Lopez right now’, says Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.
The young goalkeeper was controversially selected for Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo, prompting rumours about the Spaniard being angry at the decision.
Although it appears that the waters have since been calmed, Mihajlovic defended his decision before discussing injured players and tactics.
The Rossoneri take on Chievo at San Siro tomorrow evening in Serie A, with kick off at 19:45 UK time.
“I chose Donnarumma because he has great technical and physical qualities, he’s better than Diego Lopez right now,” the Serbian said at today’s Press conference.
“I haven’t taken off Lopez because he conceded a goal in Turin, but because at the moment I see Donnarumma as better.
“They are two great goalkeepers with great personality and who are very reliable.
“Balotelli is injured so we have few choices. Playing with two forwards isn’t easy, if I start with two centre forwards and then have to change something, I don’t have any more substitutes.
“We are penalised from this perspective, when somebody recovers we will have more attacking potential.
“We thought we had resolved his problem before, but unfortunately a groin injury is a strange and fluctuating thing.
“Mario is still getting treatment and we’re hoping it will help him. I don’t know when he’ll be back.
“Niang trained with us yesterday, and I hope to be able to have him on the bench on Sunday.
“Menez has an infection and is taking antibiotics. I think he’ll be back in January or February.
“Boateng is training, he’ll be here until January and then we’ll decide. He’s training well, he can be a trequartista and is great at integrating himself and keeping the ball.
“If they tell me that with a 4-4-2 I would always score three goals I would instantly play two strikers.
“Unfortunately it’s not like this and then if I play two forwards and then have to change something, I would be in trouble. When everyone has recovered our formation in the future will be 4-4-2.
“I thought about the 4-3-1-2 because I was thinking about having Menez, who can do well as a trequartista. I’ve tried to find alternatives, but having not found them, it’s right to change the formation.
“In the 4-3-1-2 Cerci was an adapted second striker. With 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 he can instead play in his ideal role.
“He must improve his head and his attitude, but he’s an important player who’s able to beat his man and create superior numbers.
“It’s too soon to say Cerci is back, he must continue to work because I’m convinced he can do a lot better.
“We’re always working on set piece situations, we always give great importance to the dead ball. We’ve improved on this compared to last year.”
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