Sunday April 10 2011
Mihajlovic: 'Milan like a derby for me'

Sinisa Mihajlovic couldn't be more motivated when Fiorentina welcome Milan. “It's like a derby for me and we have a great opportunity.”

The Coach worked at Inter as both player and assistant manager, so is particularly fired up when the Rossoneri come to town this evening.

“I spent marvellous years at Inter, so it's like a derby for me. I must admit Milan deserve to be top of the table, even if Inter have the better squad,” said the Serb.

“We have a great opportunity and I have faith. We haven't won a big game like this for a long time and we can break into the race for Europe with a victory.

“It's true we lack that clinical edge, so tend not to get the points we deserve against the top sides.”

Adrian Mutu is suspended, but Valon Behrami is back in the squad earlier than expected from his injury.

“He is accustomed to suffering and will never give up, whereas Adem Ljajic tends to avoid contact,” continued Mihajlovic.

“The other I day I marked Ljajic in training and gave him two or three hammer blows to let him understand nobody has ever died through tough marking.

“As for Khouma Babacar, I'd have more faith in him if he trained better. He's got a great opportunity at Fiorentina, so should work harder. The same goes for Ljajic and it's no coincidence they don't play as much.

“Ljajic hasn't done as well as I'd expected this season.”

Fiorentina squad: Boruc, Neto; Camporese, Comotto, Gamberini, Kroldrup, Natali, Pasqual; Behrami, Cerci, D'Agostino, Donadel, Ljajic, Marchionni, Montolivo, Santana, Vargas; Babacar, Gilardino