AC Milan star striker Gonzalo Higuain spoke to Gazzetta on his time at Milan, and Gattuso ahead of the derby.

Higuain speaking on the derby: “All derbies have a special flavour and this one will be the same, also because it’s my first with Milan. We are living the wait with tranquillity, concentration and desire to do well.”

Higuain speaking on the atmosphere at the San Siro: “The fact that San Siro will be almost sold out from their [Inter’s] part will give us an extra push. This is an intense derby, similar to the one in Madrid. We have the means to win. Milan will win for having the awareness of not being inferior to nobody.”

Higuain on his current form: “I feel well. I am going through a moment of a very good form and I am taking advantage of this, also thanks to a coach who is capable of playing the football I like. I hope that we continue like that.”

Higuain on being happy at Milan: “At Milan, I feel like I went 4-5 years back in age. I am back to my levels at Napoli and I am happy. Milanello is football, Milan gave me something more after a poor World Cup campaign, I found what I was looking for.”

Higuain on the current position in the table: “In the locker room the approach was beautiful. I’m just sorry for the ranking because we deserve to be in a higher position, but otherwise, I feel at a very good moment of my life both on the mental and professional level.”

Higuain on Gattuso: “Gattuso has something different, he looks at you in the face and you can feel how much he loves football. He is trying to get the best out of me and I really appreciate those who do so with me. 

“The team is on his side, he is a very intense person who dies for his players. Don’t believe that all coaches are like that, there are not many of them.

“It is an honour to be coached by him, I made the right choice because he is improving me. Sarri is the technician who made me feel better and Gattuso looks a lot like him, he has a crazy desire to win which I like to death.”

Higuain on the reason he chose Milan: “I chose Milan because I liked the conviction with which they came to sign me with and the conviction of their project. In addition, Leonardo, Maldini, and Gattuso know Milan very well and Elliott has made a big effort for me. I really appreciated their approach.”

Higuain on the interest from Chelsea: “Chelsea? Yes, they were interested but there was a fundamental difference: here everyone wanted me, from the management to the coach. At Chelsea only the coach wanted me.”

Higuain on his goals for the team: “Milan must look to win everything it takes part in. My goals are to bring Milan back in Champions League, score as many goals as possible and win the Europa League and Coppa Italia. Milan has the obligation to fight for all objectives, its history imposes it.

“Scudetto? For winning the league perhaps something is missing, it’s a competition where continuity matters. But for the Europa League and Coppa Italia, which are shorter competitions, we must try to win them.”

Higuain on dropped points: “However, we lost five points because of the matches with Napoli and Atalanta. The truth is that if we believe in our means, we are not inferior to anyone.”

Higuain on winning trophies this season: “I think about winning this year, I can not wait for three years. We must be aware that we can win something already this season because Milan has the means to do it.

“If we do not succeed [in winning a title], we’ll see next year. But we have to make the fans understand that we are able to have a good season.”

Higuain on his idol and playing with Messi: “My idol growing up was the Brazilian Ronaldo. He is incomparable, there is nothing I can do as good as him.

“The most talented players I encountered are Messi and Guti. Everybody knows Leo and it was an honour to play with him, but Guti is who surprised me the most.”

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