AC Milan centre-back Mateo Musacchio has insisted that Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina clash against Inter is two ‘great’ sides going head-to-head.
The Rossoneri will be looking to secure their first league win over Inter in four years and put a huge dent in the Scudetto hopes of their neighbours, who have struggled for form since the turn of the year.
Milan on the other hand have had an upturn which has essentially coincided with the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the beginning of January, having not lost a competitive game yet in 2020.
Despite this, there is 19-point gap between Stefano Pioli’s side and that of Antonio Conte, but Musacchio is not scared of Sunday’s game.
The Argentine spoke to Milan TV three days before the derby, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.it.
“A footballer always works to win. If a goal comes, it’s a nice thing, but the important thing is to have a great game,” he said.
“I have already played a couple of derbies and I understand that it is a game different from all the others. The week leading up to the derby is a special week and I think it is worth more than three points.
“It is a special game, a different week. We will certainly give our best to play a great game.
“We have great players and a great team, as well as them. It is a football game, eleven against eleven, that we want to win.”
It is unknown at this stage whether Musacchio will start alongside Alessio Romagnoli or if it will be Simon Kjaer, who missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona due to flu. If called upon though, the 29-year-old is ready.
“I can talk about what I have always done here, as well as in Spain: I have always trained to the maximum, being available to play where the coach asks.
“I have been playing with Ale for many years and we really understand each other without even looking at each other.”
On Milan-Verona: “We had a good game. In the second half, when we had numerical superiority, we did a lot to win the game, but unfortunately the ball didn’t go in.”
On Ibrahimovic: “Ibra is fine, she is working separately but I see him well and charged as always.
“We work to give joy to the fans. You have to think from game to game.”