AC Milan head coach Siniša Mihajlović was content with his side’s performance in the Coppa Italia, defeating Alessandria 5-0 on aggregate. AC Milan will take on Juventus in the Coppa Italia final in less than 79 days. Mihajlović was quick to point out that the Rossoneri need to switch their attention back to the Serie A after this important win in the Coppa.
“It was massively important for us to book our place in the final and to play with the right approach and win in this manner. It was also important to give playing time to those players that have featured less this season” stated Mihajlović after AC Milan’s victory over Alessandria. “We achieved both our aims and we have also secured our first objective of the season. We will think about the final, however, when the time comes. The first priority is our next match in Serie A.”
Mihajlović was also quick to point out that certain players who participated in the second leg match against Alessandria are still not fit enough for a full 90 minutes in the Serie A. “You could see that Menez and Balotelli are still a little bit short of match fitness, and the same also applies at the moment to Luiz Adriano, but they will all be key players for us for now on.”
Siniša Mihajlović also was very pleased with others’ performances, “Romagnoli played well and so did Zapata. With Alex, we have three excellent center backs and I am kind of tempted to play with three at the back. All three of them are worthy of a starting place, but we will see who I choose for Sunday’s match.”
The Rossoneri take on the intriguing giant killers, Sassuolo, on Sunday and they will need to be on their top game against the club from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Sassuolo currently are in seventh place behind AC Milan by six points. “Sunday’s match with Sassuolo will be difficult. Sassuolo are in good shape seeing as they won at Lazio. But if we play as we have been doing lately, we can come away with all three points” stated Siniša Mihajlović.
The next few matches for the Rossoneri will be important, to the fact that if they don’t achieve all three points in their next four matches they can practically say goodbye to third place and that last Champions League spot. “Let’s see how things develop over the coming matches as to whether we can fight for third place. We have always been a close-knit group and only by working hard have we been able to come out of a negative situation. We have turned things around, we have reached the final, but in the league we are still sixth and we need to keep making up ground in the table.”