Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ancelloti - Liverpool the only threat

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti talked about facing off with his former team mate Roberto Donadoni in tomorrow's match against Napoli and responded to Roberto Mancini's claim that Barcelona have been the strongest team in Europe in recent years.

Today Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti had some good news for the fans, as he announced during the pre-match press conference that Kaká has recovered from his injury and will take his place on the bench in tomorrow night's match against Napoli.

"Kaká is doing well but I don't think he will play from the start," he said to the club's official website. "He cares about playing with Milan and the national team, he has done everything to come back, he's not in the condition to play ninety minutes but he can help us in part of the match. Also Ronaldinho has worked well and he's in a good condition."

Talking about his Napoli colleague and former Milan team mate Roberto Donadoni, Ancelotti joked: "Yesterday I called Donadoni and asked him how I should how to do the trainings, with a three- or four-man defence. And he said, 'do what you want.'

"He's certainly a good friend, and now he has joined a prestigious club, but I certainly wouldn't mind making him unhappy tomorrow night. It's not an easy environment, but Napoli can use his character."

On the next transfer campaign, he said: "[Adriano] Galliani talked about a defender, and on that we agree, there won't be difficulties getting a good, young one like Thiago Silva, and [Palermo's Simon] Kjaer is a very good one too. We will also have to discuss about a striker."

Recently former Inter coach Roberto Mancini said that Barcelona have been the strongest team in Europe over the last few years.

Replying to that, Ancelotti said: "I think Milan have been the best, but there is another team that's getting close, which is Liverpool, who have the chance to make it to a third final in a few years' time."

Milan and Liverpool faced off in the 2005 and 2007 finals, the Rossoneri winning the latter while the Reds triumphed two years earlier on penalties after a legendary 3-3 draw.

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