Donadoni fears Milan backlash

Parma coach Roberto Donadoni expects AC Milan to go all out for a win when the two sides meet at the San Siro on Sunday.

Last Updated: 15/03/14 at 11:35 Post Comment

Roberto Donadoni: Fears Milan backlash

Roberto Donadoni: Fears Milan backlash

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Rossoneri are eager to make amends for Tuesday's 4-1 defeat at Atletico Madrid that saw them ousted from the Champions League in the last 16.

That result, their third straight loss, followed their 1-0 reverse at Udinese that dropped Milan to 10th place in Serie A, nine points behind city rivals Inter, who are fifth and hold the last Europa League qualifying spot.

Donadoni, a former AC Milan player, is expecting a response.

"It will not be an easy game," he said. "They will be determined to return to winning ways and we can expect an AC Milan backlash.

"They are a strong side, that must be respected and feared."

Milan coach Clarence Seedorf put a brave face after his team's humiliating loss in Spain.

"We are disappointed," he said. "But we can't throw the good work we have done in the past.

"We will now turn our full attention to the league.

"There are 11 games to go and we have some very specific aims, which we believe we can get.

"We must try to end the season as best as we can.

"I want to see my players take on Parma with the spirit of a side that wants to make up for this setback."

With AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli doubtful for the encounter with a muscular injury, Giampaolo Pazzini is set to lead Milan's attack.

Unlike Milan, rivals Parma have enjoyed a fantastic campaign.

They beat Hellas Verona 2-0 on Sunday to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 15 games.

The Ducale club, who have a game in hand, are sixth in the standings, one point behind Inter.

"We are satisfied with how our season is going," Donadoni said.

"But the campaign doesn't end now.

"We have to keep playing our style of football with confidence and remain calm.

"We must keep our feet firmly on the ground."

Former AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano, who is Parma's top scorer this season with nine goals, will play alongside Carvalho Amauri in attack.

The hosts will be without suspended defender Mattia De Sciglio while Parma are without the services of defender Gabriel Paletta, who serves a one-match ban this weekend.


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich: Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond strike as Canaries seal immediate return to Premier League

Norwich City gained promoted to the Premier League after a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, insists agent Dimitri Seluk

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, according to his agent.

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company