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AC MILAN Macedonia Blog

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Preview: AC Milan - Napoli

Players the has been called for Napoli match:
DEFENDERS: Bonera, Favalli, Kaladze, Maldini, Nesta, Oddo;
MIDFIELDERS: Ambrosini, Brocchi, Emerson, Gourcuff, Pirlo, Seedorf;
STRIKERS: Gilardino, Kakà, Pato, Ronaldo.

Carlo Ancelotti's commentary for Napoli match in San Siro and Pato:

"The games like the one against Napoli are the most important for our recovery in the league. It is essential to do well and with serenity. We have three games to recover and take advantage of, contrary to our opponents. Napoli? It's a team which away from home has alternated good performances to not so good performances. Maybe away from home Napoli has not yet found an exact balance, but the more time passes by and the more a team becomes reliable. Pato? He will have time to insert himself in the mechanism of the squad. I think it's fair to give him the opportunity to insert him with the right tranquillity. He's cool and balanced and he will not have problems from this point of view. For his characteristics and speed, Pato can play with everyone, as he combines well with Gilardino, Inzaghi and Ronaldo. The expectations which are there on Pato cannot be determined by us. I have always said that the player is very good and that he will prove it on the pitch. This does not mean putting pressure on him. I simply said what I though. I confirm that with the character he has, in my opinion he will prove this very soon. I don't know if he will manage to score straight away, but he will surely be dangerous. He's a striker who moves a lot. The expectations are tied to the fact that he is not well known. I never made such a young player debut. There was the time to talk to him and insert him and he knows what he has to do. I don't see in him any reason to worry about. He's cool and serene and will not have any problem. We think it was a good thing to bring him here early, as he met his team-mates and his team-mates got to know him. I have not created expectations on a young player, I have said what I saw, then I might be wrong, the pitch will tell us.

What about Gila, Dida and Ronaldo?
"Gilardino, Dida and Ronaldo? If I was in them I would think that we have six months to reach our objectives, each one of them must think to do his part with diligence and serenity. The objective is the good of Milan, in which all players must contribute. There are no exams for Dida: he trained well in these days, especially in the last ones. I see him serene as always. Iznaghi? He must stay put, because he had the stomach pain following the hit he received in the derby. He must stop for the next 4-5 days. San Siro? To be honest, it never frightened us, as we consider it our home and therefore we want to return to win at home. We can't wait to close this inexplicable fact. Roaldo? He worked a lot in Dubai and during the friendly he was loaded in line with the work he did. The light training sustained in these days at Milanello did him good. He can play 45-60 minutes, but I don't know if he will play first or the second. With regards to the tactic, we did not yet study any alternatives to the current system. Seedorf? If he will play at the centre-left it's clear that something must change as he must return to play as a midfielder. It's something we have done for many years and keeping a good balance. For me Seedorf did very well for many years as a midfielder. Jankulovski? Next week he is ready."

Milan's recent form: (WWWLL)

12/4 Milan 1-0 Celtic UEFA Champions League

12/13 Urawa 0-1 Milan World Club Cup

12/16 Milan 4-2 Boca Juniors World Club Cup

12/20 Milan 1-2 Catania Coppa Italia

12/23 Inter 2-1 Milan Serie A

My Prediction:
Milan 2-0 Napoli

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