Kjaer: ‘feels’ Milan responsibility

Milan defender Simon Kjaer ‘feels a responsibility’ at Milan and suggests his compatriot Christian Eriksen should ‘play in his position.’

The Danish centre-back is one of the most experienced players in the Rossoneri dressing room and he is feeling the responsibility for it.

“I really do and I think my experience is one of the reasons why Milan signed me,” he told Sky Sport after Milan-Roma.

“The day I won’t have fun anymore I’ll stop playing football. I love this sport, it’s always been a dream for me to come to Milan.

“We are growing, but it is important to remember where we started, it takes little time to go back there.

“We improved as a team, too bad we didn’t win tonight.

“When you win games confidence comes in slowly. We have improved and the team continues to grow. The coach has done a great job, we keep raising the bar.”

Kjaer was also asked about his compatriot Christian Eriksen who is settling himself at Inter.

“I’m talking to him. Christian is a player I know very well and he is the strongest in the world in his role. He should play in his position but I’m not the one putting him onto the pitch.”


Highlights: Milan 3-3 Roma

It was a six-goal thriller at San Siro on Monday night, as Milan dropped points for the first time this season, but both they are Roma were overshadowed by the referee.

There was no shortage of incident in this showdown, with a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal in the opening two minutes, two extremely contentious penalties, both fine saves and goalkeeping howlers, six goals and a last-gasp miss.

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Kumbulla: ‘I’ve got plenty to learn’

Marash Kumbulla claims he has got ‘plenty to learn’ after Roma’s 3-3 draw against Milan.

“It’s easy and nice for us to score from set pieces,” Kumbulla told Sky Sport.

The Albianian defender netted his second goal in a row at the Stadio Meazza allowing Roma to bring one point home.

“I can improve in everything. I made a mistake on the first goal we conceded, I could have avoid it, then luckily I made up by scoring.”

Kumbulla joined Roma from Verona in the summer after his first spell in Serie A with the Gialloblù.

“[Ivan] Juric gave me confidence, I have improved a lot, now I’m here at Roma and I hope to help the team.

“I’ve always been a center defender, but I’ve always had the habit of scoring.”


Milan: Pioli defends Tatarusanu

Stefano Pioli says Milan players are not satisfied with their 3-3 draw against Roma and defends goalkeeper Ciprian T?t?ru?anu.

“I go home satisfied with the performance but we do not have to look at the table. We can’t hide it, at the end of the game the players were not satisfied,” Pioli told Sky Sport.

“We played against a strong opponent. They used set pieces better than us but this is the right way, this performance gives us further convictions.

“There is a positive environment, full of harmony.

“We give our best every single day. I like to emphasize the spirit of the team, it is a generous group. We are second to no one in terms of determination. We must continue with this attitude.”

Roma managed to score their first goal making the most of a mistake of Ciprien Tatarusanu.

“Mistakes are part of football, Tatarusanu missed the ball,” said Pioli.

“He is a strong goalkeeper, it was at his debut, a little something that may have had an impact.”

Referee Piero Giacomelli was also on the spotlight as he awarded two doubful penatlies to both parties.

“I don’t want to comment it,” said Pioli.

The Rossoneri coach was satisfied but noticed a few things his side could have done better.

“Sometimes we forced too much in the first half and some choices were unclear, it was enough to move the ball a little bit more to create spaces.

“We could have done better on that, but we always tried to be dangerous.

“We could have scored more goals, but let’s not forget we were facing Roma. We are growing, we will need all the players, we have the qualities to go ahead in all competitions.

“We lacked a bit of technical precision when we were in control of the game.”

Rafael Leao was brilliant with two assists.

“I spoke quite clearly to Rafa this week. I told him what I expect from him and I am very happy with his performance.

“He’s a very young and strong boy. [Alexis] Saelemaekers is growing so much as well, we also have [Samu] Castillejo and [Ante] Rebic who has been out for a month. [Jens Petter] Hauge was doing well too. We raised the level of the attacking department.

Hauge missed the game as he tested positive for Coronavirus and the same is true of Gigio Donnarumma.

“We are checked every day or almost every day,” Pioli said.

“This situation is affecting everyone. We’re doing our best, we’re playing following the rules and the club is helping us.

“It’s such a difficult time for everyone it is very important that we continue to play, to give some fun to fans and sportsmen.

“A thousand fans are not a lot but today we felt the difference. It’s sad to only hear my voice or the voice of the players.”

Roma-Milan was played without crowd after that the Italian Government decided to go ahead with professional sports but without allowing 1000 fans in the stands as it happened during the last month.


Fonseca: ‘Roma face Milan not Ibra’

Paulo Fonseca warns ‘Roma will face Milan and not only Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ and reveals when Chris Smalling will return to action.

“Ibrahimovic is definitely a great pro, otherwise he couldn’t play like he is doing at 39,” Fonseca said on the eve of Milan-Roma.

“This is not a match against [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, it’s against Milan. I don’t prepare the match with just one player in mind. We worked thinking about the whole team,” he insisted.

The Rossoneri can rely on the Swede while Roma will count on Edin Dzeko up front.

“They are both very important players,” Fonseca said.

“However, I don’t want to make comparisons as I am not working every day with Ibrahimovic.

“I can tell you how important Dzeko is to us. They are two players who play in the same position, with similar characteristics, but for me it matters that Dzeko is a great player who is feeling well and is motivated.

“We have created a strong identity, the latest results have been positive and are a demonstration that we are all in harmony, motivated and with confidence.

“Milan are in shape, the coach is doing a beautiful job, but we are also feeling fine, we are motivated and the team is confident.

“It will be a technically interesting match, both will sides will want to win. We want to prove we are a great team.”

The Giallorossi will be without the injured Chris Smalling who, however, is close to returning to action.

“He’s fine, but he’s not ready for tomorrow. I think he can go back to the Europa League,” Fonseca revealed.

The Portuguese tactician believes there will be no need to change Serie A’s format despite the Covid-19 situation getting worse in Italy.

“I think we can stay like this until the end of the season. All the teams are working to finish the championship responsibly.

“Then of course I’m worried about the general situation. We must all be careful and respect the rules because it is a difficult time and we must show responsibility.”

Fonseca concludes the press conference naming the favourite clubs to win the Serie A title.

“For me they are Juventus and Inter, then other teams can make a good season.

“What happened in these days is a demonstration of the balance of this championship. We can either play against the first one or against the last one in the table and it is always a difficult match.”