14 October 2022
PLAYING FOR THE CITY
"The derby is a very heartfelt match and it will be a difficult one. Torino are an intense team that attacks, therefore it will be a complicated match like all of them are. We must play a careful game, keep it short and tidy and work as a team to try to get a positive result."
"The training retreat is not a punishment, it's just a moment to be more together and concentrate on double training to restore a little more order, because when the results are lacking we tend to see everything darker than it really is. Being together now is good for us. The team has never asked not to do the training retreat, we are all aware of the moment that we are in and are all focused on the desire to get out of this situation. We know that not everything can be resolved with a match, but let's start against Torino."
"I haven't yet decided on the line-up. Moise Kean didn't start against Maccabi Haifa, because in the final session he had a little discomfort and I preferred not to risk him. For the derby I will have to choose two forwards between him, Dušan Vlahović and Arek Milik. We are in a period in which we will play many games, we need to understand who needs a breather, both physically and mentally, obviously also taking into account the characteristics of the opponent that we will face."
"The President has fired up the team and the atmosphere, now we need to come together even more between the club, the team, the coaching staff and the fans. Now, everyone is needed to get out of this moment, keeping things simple and consistent. The goals are always the same. At the moment we are behind in the league, we paid for the week between Salerno and Monza and it is penalising us, but we have plenty of time to recover. As for the Champions League, we'll think about it after Empoli. The team are all together, we all want to get a good result and buck the trend."