Reina reveals the impact new boss Marco Giampaolo has had at Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina is relishing the final test of the International Champions Cup against Manchester United.

The Rossoneri are looking to cap off the competition with their first win against the Premier League side, with kick-off at the Prinicipality Stadium in Cardiff set for 18:30. You can read our preview here.

“This is an important test,” Reina told MilanTV. 

“It will be in a particular setting and in a beautiful stadium. We’ll face a team that is further ahead in their pre-season preparation than us.

“However, it will be a good challenge, we need to do our best to continue improving and to build our match fitness.

“The team is learning to play from memory, we are learning and improving. The coach wants a team that plays with personality and clear ideas.

“He wants us proactive, not sitting back and waiting but taking control. Having fun when you play football is crucial. The more you enjoy it, the better the results will be.

“But sometimes you need to chase down the ball, but the less you fun, the more fun you have. I definitely believe that, especially at this point in the season, we need to have fun, we need to improve and we need this sense of fun.

“Every away game is challenging, you never know, I don’t trust predictions. We’ll take things one game at a time over the course of the season we’ll face everyone and we can only draw conclusions in May.

“For now, the most important thing is to prepare well, and be ready for the game at Udinese, because that’s the first game we’re really interested in.”

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