Friday November 6 2015
'Donnarumma has my respect'

Milan Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic says he's waiting for Diego Lopez to come back, but meantime Gianluigi Donnarumma 'has all of my respect'.

Rossoneri fans have been excited by the debut and performances of baby goalkeeper Donnarumma, but it's uncertain whether he'll keep starting from Milan once Lopez comes back.

“Diego Lopez is a goalkeeper I respect a lot, not least because he played in conditions that weren't perfect without ever complaining,” he said.

“He has all the time to return to form, I'm waiting for him.

“This says nothing about Donnarumma, he's very young but he's holding to his promises well.

“He'll make a few mistakes, but he's the future of Italian football.

“We knew that sooner or later we'd need to make results this way,” he said, in reference to being forced to field a Primavera goalkeeper.

“To return to the top we need many games like the one against Lazio, and not just one. We need to play against the so-called smaller teams like we did against Lazio.

“Donnarumma is getting better with every game. He made a few mistakes, but also some great saves. He has all of my respect.”

Mihajlovic then went on to discuss Luiz Adriano, who could be used as a winger in the 4-3-3.

“Everybody can be adapted to anything, but we've got to see how that works out. We have a lot of solutions for the wing.

“I'm sorry for Luiz Adriano, because even though he's doing well I'm choosing [Carlos] Bacca over him, because he's our lead scorer.

“But he's training and behaving well and he's been decisive even when he started from the bench. He'll get more playing time in the future.

“The 4-3-1-2? That formation is in Milan's DNA, but right now we're having some trouble using that.

“It's not worth using it now, but that doesn't mean we've shelved it for good. [FIGC President Carlo] Tavecchio's racist statements? I haven't heard them.

“[Riccardo] Montolivo as a starter? For me it's not a problem, if he can make it then that's fine. Otherwise someone else will take his place, who will do equally well.”

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