Filippo Inzaghi, Roberto Mancini relishing Milan derby
AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi is in confident mood ahead of the derby against Roberto Mancini`s Inter as the battle of Milan takes centre stage in Serie A on Sunday.
Milan: AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi is in confident mood ahead of the derby against Roberto Mancini`s Inter as the battle of Milan takes centre stage in Serie A on Sunday.
Inzaghi`s side come into the fixture in seventh place and 11 points behind leaders Juventus, who are in action on Saturday away to Lazio, but the former international marksman says his team have nothing to fear against an Inter team just one point below them.
"May the best team win, but I sincerely believe that it will be difficult to be stronger than us," Inzaghi said on the eve of the match as he also paid tribute to Mancini.
"`Mancio` has more experience in these kind of matches as a coach but myself, I have the emotion of all these matches as a player.
"A derby is different, it is not to be played, it is to be won!" added the 41-year-old who spent 11 years as a player, scoring 73 goals, at Milan.
Brazilian defender Alex is ruled out for Milan with injury which hardly helps a leaky rearguard that has already conceded 16 goals in 11 matches.
Inzaghi can however call upon former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres who has scored just one goal this season since his move from Stamford Bridge.
"I am happy with him and I hope he is going to break out. Fernando can carry us to the upper part of the table." continued Inzaghi.
Mancini, who has seen his side pick up four wins against three defeats in 11 outings, believes the Milan derby has a unique charm of its own and will bring out the best in both teams.
"It`s the only derby where the two teams have the habit of being in contention for all the big competitions such as the Scudetto (Italian title) and Champions League," explained the former Manchester City manager.
"We`re talking about two teams who are the history of the Calcio (Serie A) so we need to start the best we can, perhaps get a bit of luck and above all play good football.
"Pippo (Inzaghi) has a great history as a player and it`s his first experience (as a coach) and he could have a great future. Milan know a young coach can sometimes get it wrong but it`s not easy to start (as a coach), because you think you know everything." added Mancini.