AC Milan defender Alessandro Florenzi believes he and his team-mates grew compared to the previous two games in their 0-0 draw against Inter.
The right-back was brought into the starting line-up for the derby and was one of the best performers for the Rossoneri in what was overall a frustrating performance that was not lacking in intensity but was missing the quality needed to gain an advantage going into the ‘away’ second leg.
Florenzi was interviewed by Sky Italia at the end of the match against Inter and had some considerations on the game, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.
“The level of growth is important compared to the last two games. The regret is for the first half, in the second there was a more balanced game. We need to build from tonight’s performance and bring it back in Naples,” he said.
“We must be courageous and have confidence. I must always give what I have and always try to put the coach in difficulty. We all try to row in the same direction.”
Attention now turns to Sunday’s crucial game against Napoli at the Stadio Diego Maradona, with the Partenopei having seized top spot in Serie A following the recent slip-ups from the Milanese clubs.
“Napoli? We must fear their game, the imprint that Spalletti gave to a strong team… I think it is right to have a healthy rivalry,” he said.
There are some calls for Alessandro Florenzi to be called-up and to take part in Italy’s World Cup qualifiers given the experience and leadership he continues to show.
“The national team? I just have to find more consistency, also to put Mancini in difficulty. The head does a lot, the motivations do a lot. But it is also a tactical question. Someone like Leao, Saelemaekers and Messias need space to be incisive.”