Giampaolo: “I don’t care about being the underdogs, our goal is to win”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Marco Giampaolo has insisted he has full confidence in his team to go out and win the derby on Saturday.

The Rossoneri face their neighbours at San Siro this weekend in the latest instalment of one of football’s most historic rivalries.

Milan enter the game having won two of the first three games to start the season, but will be looking to end Inter’s perfect start with Antonio Conte’s side having won all three games.

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Milan’s preparation for the game, with Sky Italia even reporting on Thursday that Giampaolo considered switching to a three man defence with Davide Calabria out suspended.

La Gazzetta dello Sport are the latest to have a pop at predicting the starting XIs, and they believe it will be a 4-3-3 for Milan.

Looking ahead to the fixture, Giampaolo began by reflecting on an important three points collected in Verona last time out.

“Defeating Verona was an important step. The team is improving game after game,” he told reporters, as per

“Our goal is to win [against Inter]. It’s important to play well and maintain our vision but at the same time we have to give the fans the results they aspire for.

“We need to be tactically sound. This is certainly one of the most difficult games we can play so we have to be out our very best.

“It is definitely an important game as it always has been. I don’t know whether Inter are in a better shape than us. I am confident in my team, this game escapes any kind of prediction.

“I saw Inter’s game in the Champions League [against Slavia Praha]. It was completely different to what they have faced before.

“I don’t care about being the underdogs. I want the team to do both phases well, I don’t take any media advantage from that point of view.”

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