Tuesday October 25 2011
Colomba: 'Parma can test Milan'

Franco Colomba is eager for Parma to put the Atalanta defeat behind them, as “we're not beaten before we start against Milan.”

The Ducali went from heroes to zeroes, as in the space of eight days they beat Napoli at the San Paolo and lost at the Tardini to Atalanta.

“Getting back on to the field three days after that defeat is better than sitting here going over it in our minds,” said the Coach.

“It can happen to win without deserving it, so you can lose against the run of play too. Now we go to face Milan, the reigning champions of Italy and an extraordinary collective who, as we saw in Lecce, when firing on all cylinders leave no chance for anyone.”

The Rossoneri were losing 3-0 at half-time in Lecce, but fought back to win 4-3 with a Kevin-Prince Boateng hat-trick.

“Having said all that, we are not beaten before we even begin against Milan. Our effort must always be optimal, whether facing Milan, Napoli or Atalanta, so it shouldn't make a difference. There are points up for grabs, even at San Siro.

“They're not worth double the way points might against another relegation candidate, but are still important. We will try to repeat our good recent performances.”

Sergio Floccari is out of action, while Jonathan Biabiany is struggling with an ankle injury.

“What is the secret to beating Milan? Repeat Sunday's performance against Atalanta, but without making mistakes.”