AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer has pledged to do everything he can to make the fans proud despite the fact they won’t be at San Siro on Sunday to cheer on the team.
Italy and in particular the region of Lombardy – of which Milano is the capital – has been hit by the outbreak of the coronavirus, with over 3,000 confirmed cases country-wide.
It led to the original Milan-Genoa fixture being postponed on Sunday as well as the midweek Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Juventus, but the former has now been rescheduled for Sunday at 15:00 CET and will be played behind closed doors.
The Algeria international took to Twitter to send a message to Rossoneri supporters, insisting the players will do everything they can to earn the three points despite their absence.
“It will be strange to play our next games behind closed doors, but health must come first,” he said.
“We will do everything we can to make Milan proud. Courage to all those affected by this virus, their relatives, nursing and medical staff.”
Meanwhile, ANSA are reporting (via MilanLive) that on Saturday the Rossoneri team will carry out their final training session before the game on the field at San Siro and not in Milanello, in order to get used to the empty stadium.
Sarà strano giocare le nostre prossime partite a porte chiuse, ma la salute deve venire prima di tutto. Faremo tutto il possibile per renderti orgoglioso 🔴⚫️ @acmilan
Coraggio a tutte le persone colpite da questo virus, i loro parenti, il personale infermieristico e medico 🙏
— Ismaël Bennacer (@IsmaelBennacer) March 6, 2020