Tonight the Arabian derby between Rossoneri and Nerazzurri for the Italian Super Cup.
The challenge is played at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.
2 Calabria, 24 Kjaer, 23 Tomori, 19 Theo Hernandez;
4 Bennacer, 30 Messias, 10 Brahim Diaz, 17 Leao;
37 Skriniar, 15 Acerbi, 95 S. Bastoni;
36 Darmian, 23 Barella, 20 Calhanoglu, 22 Mkhitaryan, 32 Dimarco;
9 Dzeko, 10 Lautaro.
Herds: S. Inzaghi
Referee: Maresca of Naples.
OF THE SUPERCUP DERBY.
PIOLI, 'AC MILAN IS STILL HUNGRY'
There is hunger, a full stomach is "a cliché" and the derby that is worth the Super Cup is not a watershed for the season.
"We need balance", explains Stefano
on the eve of defending his Milan called to redeem two disappointing weeks which coincided with the elimination from the Italian Cup and two draws in the league.
Pioli does not accept certain criticisms, such as saying that the Rossoneri team is no longer hungry.
"Ours, football, is an environment full of clichés. How can such a young team have a full stomach, in which most of the members have won only one trophy? I believe that everything that revolves around us is always "exaggerated, both positively and negatively. The only thing that counts is the quality of the game. If we lower the quality, it becomes more difficult to win games, that's all."
And that's what happened in the latest releases: there was a lack of quality.
But with a competition now over (the Italian Cup),
a really difficult scudetto with Napoli with nine points and a perfect roadmap, winning the derby becomes almost imperative.
"I don't know if it's a watershed match, I know it's an important goal. We're sure Milan aren't the ones in the first half in Lecce. I expect a level match - he underlines -. We have the chance to win another trophy, it would mean giving continuity to the path we started. We know that the last week hasn't been the best, but it's a game in itself, like all derbies are".
The first half in Lecce saw a listless and superficial team on the pitch.
"It wasn't the real Milan," assures Pioli.
Under accusation is the defense and the six goals conceded in just four games.
We have to try to defend better - admits the Rossoneri coach - we are conceding too many goals, we have to find defensive compactness again.
We made mistakes when we conceded goals, we have to do better". In defense, Kjaer could return as owner alongside Tomori in the central pair. A run-off with Kalulu whose doubt will remain until the end. Theo Hernandez and Calabria on the wings as captain he dreams of being able to lift the Cup." We have talked, but we remain as positive as before.
We are not dejected or sad – informs the side -.
There are missed results, but this shouldn't give you negative thoughts.
It is my goal to raise this cup.
But first we have to give everything we have on the pitch.
My dream is to win as many trophies as possible.
Obviously this too is part of a journey of ups and downs, playing for a final as captain is a great thing.
But playing it is one thing, winning it is another,” Calabria says. It will also be his job to stem Lautaro and Dzeko, perhaps Lukaku will recover. play a compact game to forget the hardships and bad impressions, winning the second trophy of the Pioli management.
INZAGHI WITH THE DOUBT LUKAKU, 'FOR INTER SPECIAL MATCH'
INZAGHI WITH THE DOUBT LUKAKU, 'FOR INTER SPECIAL MATCH'
"A very important derby, also because it's a final".
Objective first trophy of the season for Inter, who in the Italian Super Cup derby against Milan go hunting for the fourth cup in the last three seasons.
A cup that the Nerazzurri coach Simone
he wants to defend at all costs, after last year's success against Juventus.
Also because winning, for him, would mean reaching Fabio Capello and Marcello Lippi at the top of the most successful in the tournament with four victories.
"The derby is already a special match, this time it will be even more so. We know the importance of the match, it's also a derby in a final and it's only happened twice: it's even more important. We're playing for the first trophy of the season, so we want to play a great game," Inzaghi explained in the press conference on the eve.
There is no lack of motivation, starting with avenging the last derbies lost in the league.
"Ransom derby? I consider it a trophy, not all teams manage to get there. We know what it represents, the
last year we won it so we want to defend it with all our strength", continued Inzaghi. "The last derbies we lost have left us wanting more.
We played a lot last year, they are always particular matches, decided by episodes.
We lost this year's one by not deserving it". Which is why attention and concentration must be maximum for Barella and his teammates. "We know Milan, they have great qualities and great players - added the Nerazzurri coach -.
Let's find a strong team with forwards of absolute value, we'll have to work as a team because when we concede or don't concede, we only talk wrongly about the defenders, it's the whole team that has to work together.
They left on their own,
where there will be many moments in the match where the team will have to be good at managing the moments.
My wish is that the team is always in the game". The only doubt that the coach carries with him regarding the training concerns Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian however seems to be able to sit on the bench at most, after the Indian knee action which has been tormenting him for about ten days. "Lukaku trained partially in a group yesterday, we will have to evaluate.
But if he doesn't recover, we have hopes for Monday's match against Empoli.
Our hope is that he can work without pain because for us he must be something more that we haven't been able to have". '