Zanetti: ‘Venezia avoid agony against Milan’

by | Sep 21, 2021 17:26

Venezia coach Paolo Zanetti warns they cannot just focus on defending against Milan tomorrow, or it will be ’90 minutes of agony.’

It kicks off on Wednesday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) at San Siro.

The Rossoneri lost their 100 per cent record with a 1-1 draw at Juventus and are still without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud.

Venezia managed one victory out of four so far, losing the other three games, and are trying to find their feet after promotion to Serie A.

“Everyone is in good shape, there are no changes to the absentee list from last time,” said the coach in his press conference.

The most recent setback was a painful stoppage-time 2-1 loss to Spezia, decided by Mehdi Bourabia’s scorcher.

“Naturally, we are disappointed and angry at the defeat to Spezia, the same emotions felt by everyone who cares about Venezia. We gave everything on the field with a performance that 99 per cent of the time will see you bring home points.

“Unfortunately, everyone saw what happened and now we must channel that anger into the desire to make up for it in the next match. We hope to have the strength to achieve that tomorrow.”

Milan consolidated their Scudetto contender status with the performance against Juventus, despite missing both centre-forwards.

“Milan are probably the best team in Serie A right now, as they have width, depth, play between the lines and have every strength required, as well as a very clear identity.

“We must think too about how to cause problems for them, because if we just focus on being defensive tomorrow, then we’ve already lost. We don’t intend to sit there as spectators for 90 minutes, so with all due humility and respect, we must try to make life difficult for Milan, otherwise it’ll be 90 minutes of agony.”

Paolo Zanetti

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