Monday May 16 2016
Abbiati: ‘Respect the shirt!’

Christian Abbiati urges Milan’s players to “show respect for this shirt and this club” in the Coppa Italia final with Juventus.

The Rossoneri will miss out on Europe for a third season in a row if they don’t win the cup, as they finished seventh in Serie A.

“We need to completely reset what we showed on Saturday,” Abbiati told Milan Channel, referencing the defeat to Roma.

“Everyone has to show that we have something, and show respect for this shirt and this club. I’m confident my teammates will play a great match on Saturday.

“They [Juventus] are a great team, but we have to be motivated and recover a failed season.”

Abbiati has retired from football, with the match at San Siro on Saturday his final game with the squad.

“It was an indescribable emotion. Given how the game went I thought the fans would leave. Instead they stayed. It was very emotional, as was seeing my family and friends on the sidelines.

“It was an indescribable moment.

“The Coach [Cristian Brocchi] and I had agreed that I’d come on for the last five minutes. He asked me before the game if I could play from the start, but I said no because I didn’t think my focus was at an appropriate level a game as important as the Roma one.

“I asked if there was a chance of coming on for the last five minutes, but I was the first to tell him not to put me on, because I could see the situation was dramatic.

“Now we think about the final, which is very important, and I’d like to end my career with a trophy. After the summer I’ll speak with [CEO Adriano] Galliani and we’ll see.”

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