After a dismal start to the season, Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has hailed the progress of the Nerazzurri in their Champions League group stage clash with AC Milan.
The Nerazzu have gone through a turbulent time in the Champions League and will be aiming for their first domestic trophy since the 2014-15 campaign, with a trip to the Camp Nou to be their first away trip since March.
Spalletti was speaking at a press conference following AC Milan’s 2-1 defeat to Juventus on Sunday, where the Nerazurri were unable to find a way past the Biancocelesti.
He spoke of the “right of the Milan club to celebrate” and said: “We can do it by the fact that we have a right in our history to celebrate, but I also think that it is important for us to do so in a very positive way.
We are playing for the future, not for the past.
It’s important to celebrate with pride, and we have done that today.””
We have to keep pushing and keep playing.
We are going to play a good game against a great team, and this is a very important game for us.”
Spallett said that, despite the negative results of the previous two games, he was hopeful that Milan could make it through to the last four.
“We know that it will be a difficult game against Milan,” he said.
“But we have to play, because we have the players to do it.”