Serie A Preview: Cristian Zapata Hails Sinisa Mihajlovic Work On Milan In Front Of Torino Trip
AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata has accepted he misjudged Sinisa Mihajlovic earlier within the season and backed the club to carry on its resurgence underneath the Serbian coach when Torino visit San Siro on Saturday.
Four defeats within the opening seven Serie A outings of 2015-16 threatened to derail Mihajlovic’s first campaign in control, but he’s since taken the Rossoneri on the run of 19 league games that they have forfeit only two times.
Milan came 1-1 at Torino in October, but Zapata is confident of taking maximum points in the return fixture, using the club in far better shape of computer was.
“It had been difficult initially, however we’re u . s . also it shows,” Zapata told Milan Funnel.
“The audience is way better of computer was at the outset of the growing season and we’re all in sync. We have to improve a lot of things, but we’re on course.Inch
On his early judgments of Mihajlovic, Zapata stated: “Within the first couple of games I wrong, possibly due to some personal problem.
“Now I’ve resolved these situations and tranquillity has came back in my experience – also it shows in recent matches.
“He’s tough and it has their own ideas. All of us respect him. This will be significant for that group.”
Milan are sixth in Serie A after winning four of the last seven league games, and Zapata was greater than pleased with the purpose acquired from the 1-1 draw at Napoli within their last outing, by which he effectively stored 24-goal striker Gonzalo Higuain away.
Zapata reflected on his performance, saying: “I am happy stopping Higuain contributing to the end result in Naples. I’m keeping my ft on the floor, however i feel I performed well for the reason that match.
“We have to still work. Should i be towards the top of my concentration, it is not easy in my opponent to hightail it.Inch
Milan midfielder Juraj Kucka is nearing his go back to fitness from the hamstring injuries carrying out a personalised training programme, however the visit of Torino comes too early for him. Center-back Alessio Romagnoli completed a complete week of coaching after becoming an unused substitute against Napoli, and it is in contention for any devote the beginning line-up.
Torino coach Giampiero Ventura delays around the results recently fitness tests for center-back Cesare Bovo and defensive midfielder Alessandro Gazzi, because he looks to enhance a run of form which has incorporated just one win in the side’s last seven games.
Key Opta stats:
– Milan are unbeaten in 16 Serie A clashes against Torino (W9, D7) -Torino’s last win within the fixture arrived November 2001.
– Torino haven’t won at San Siro against AC Milan in Serie A since March 1985 – since that time, the Rossoneri have won 13 occasions, conceding just six goals.
– Milan are unbeaten in eight Serie A games (W4, D4), scoring at least one time in every match.
– Torino have won just one of the last seven Serie A matches (D4 L2).