Rossoneri boss Sinisa Mihajlovic believes that tomorrow night’s encounter at Juventus Stadium, though “important historically”, will not decide the respective fates of the two teams, thus echoing the sentiments of opposite number Massimiliano Allegri.
Addressing the media at the club’s Milanello training base, Mihajlovic would go on to speak of his confidence in his team ahead of Saturday’s date in Turin and deflect attention away from rookie goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Here’s the pick of the quotes from the Serbian coach’s pre-match press conference.
“A game of great historical importance”
“Juve-Milan should always be considered as a one-off fixture: it’s a meeting that carries great importance both historically and for our current league standing.
"We’re well aware that Juventus are a very strong side that are returning to form but also that we’re capable of matching them tomorrow night.”
“Saturday won’t be decisive”
“(The match) won’t be decisive for our respective seasons. Undoubtedly, it is an important game for both teams as we are in direct competition with each other for the Champions League places but we are preparing for it at our absolute best, as we would for any game.
“We’ll give everything to ensure that we do the occasion justice but this meeting won’t decide the fate of the league title: there are still seven teams we are yet to face and our goal is to be at the top come June.”
“Buffon, a true legend of the game”
“Donnarumma will be standing across from a true legend of the game, old enough to be his father!
"There are few better players than Buffon from which to learn for his talent, professionalism, heart and commitment to the cause. It’s far too early to compare the two of them, it’ll be a decade or more before we can start doing that.”