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  • AC Milan's Franck Kessie apologises for ...

    AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has apologised to teammate Lucas Biglia after he was replaced in their 3-2 defeat to Inter Milan. Two minutes after Lautaro Martinez's scored Inter's third goal in the 67th minute, Kessie was replaced by Andrea Conti and he did not hide his frus...

    AC Milan's Franck Kessie apologises for bench altercation with teammate Lucas Biglia

    AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has apologised to teammate Lucas Biglia after he was replaced in their 3-2 defeat to Inter Milan. Two minutes after Lautaro Martinez's scored Inter's third goal in the 67th minute, Kessie was replaced by Andrea Conti and he did not hide his frustration with Gennaro Gattuso's decision. While walking down to his seat, Biglia made some statements which angered the 22-year-old midfielder before they separated by other teammates. After the encounter, Kessie admitted that his reaction was a mistake and tendered an apology to the 33-year-old.  “It was the adrenaline of the match situation, I was frustrated coming off and really wanted to do more. I took it out on Lucas and it was a mistake, I apologised afterwards,” Kessie told SkySport Italia. “He is older than me and I should learn from him. I’m sorry.” The Argentina international also admitted fault in his statement and the ‘embarrassing scene’ created during Sunday’s game. “Franck knows what I said and we clarified the situation afterwards. We all want to win, but this is not something we should do in front of everyone. Maybe save it for the dressing room," Biglia said. “We above all feel bad for this embarrassing scene, I feel ashamed of it and apologised to the lads and Coach in person. It was not what we wanted, we embarrassed the club we represent and it won’t happen again." Meanwhile, manager Gennaro Gattuso described the altercation as a double defeat and has promised to take actions to punish the duo. "The defeat that hurts me the most was Kessie and seeing what happened on the bench," Gattuso added. "That is something I cannot accept with the way I see football, the way I see the team and the group ethic. “There has to be respect for everyone in the dressing room and it was just unacceptable. I am the coach, I have to take care of discipline in the dressing room and the players know how much I care about that. “You can criticise my tactics, but I built my career on respect, group ethics, representing the jersey, honouring the teammates who haven’t played for months. This means the world to me and that is why it is a double defeat. “I will have my say over the next few days.” Kessie has played in all but two of Milan's Serie A matches this season and he is expected to join Cote d'Ivoire national team ahead of their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Rwanda on Saturday.

  • 'We’ve found a striker who can sort our ...

    Luciano Spalletti believes Inter Milan have "found a striker" after Lautaro Martínez played a match-winning role in the 3-2 Derby della Madonnina triumph against AC Milan. The Argentinian held his nerve from the penalty spot to give the Nerazzurri a 3-1 lead in the 67th minute a...

    'We’ve found a striker who can sort our problems' - Inter boss Spalletti purrs over Lautaro

    Luciano Spalletti believes Inter Milan have "found a striker" after Lautaro Martínez played a match-winning role in the 3-2 Derby della Madonnina triumph against AC Milan. The Argentinian held his nerve from the penalty spot to give the Nerazzurri a 3-1 lead in the 67th minute and led in the line impressively in the continued absence of exiled star striker Mauro Icardi. Icardi was stripped of the captaincy in February and has not featured for Spalleti’s side since, amid mounting speculation about his future at the San Siro. Goals from Matias Vecino and Stefan De Vrij had given Inter the lead, before Tiemoue Bakayoko hit back for the Rossoneri. Lautaro’s spot-kick extended the lead, but Mateo Musacchio gave Gennaro Gattuso’s side hope with 20 minutes remaining. However, Inter held on to climb to third in the Serie A, overtaking Mlian, a result which left Spalletti purring over the 21-year-old front man. “Lautaro is powerful, has technique, confidence,” Spalletti said. “You just need to look him in the eyes and you can tell he can take on everything. “We’ve found a young striker who can sort a lot of things out for us. “We need to say well done to Lautaro for the penalty, well done to Perisic for the runs, well done to everyone for all you did. Bravo, Bravo to everyone in that dressing room. “I also say Bravo to the fans, because they let the team know that they were behind us even in moments of difficulty.”

  • AC Milan 2 Inter 3: Martinez penalty pro...

    Inter beat bitter rivals AC Milan 3-2 in Sunday's thrilling derby to move above their neighbours in the Serie A table, with Lautaro Martinez's penalty ultimately proving decisive. Luciano Spalletti, who was sent to the stands in the closing stages, had seen his side win just onc...

    AC Milan 2 Inter 3: Martinez penalty proves decisive in derby thriller

    Inter beat bitter rivals AC Milan 3-2 in Sunday's thrilling derby to move above their neighbours in the Serie A table, with Lautaro Martinez's penalty ultimately proving decisive. Luciano Spalletti, who was sent to the stands in the closing stages, had seen his side win just once in five competitive outings amid the ongoing stand-off with Mauro Icardi, but they produced a focused display to end Milan's five-match winning Serie A streak. Inter were superior to Milan all over the pitch in the first half, with Matias Vecino's early goal setting the tone for proceedings until the break, before Stefan de Vrij made it 2-0 just after the interval. Tiemoue Bakayoko hit back for Milan before Martinez – who continues to start in Icardi's place – netted from the spot and, although Mateo Musacchio forced a tense finish, Inter just about did enough to move back up to third above their rivals. Despite Milan's excellent form coming into the game, Inter looked far more fired up at the start and went ahead after just three minutes – Vecino blasting in from close range after Martinez nodded Ivan Perisic's cross back into the danger zone. De Vrij doubled the lead in the 50th minute when he met Matteo Politano's cross with a towering header into the top-right corner. But the deficit was halved soon after – Bakayoko meeting Hakan Calhanoglu's free-kick with a fine header of his own. The lively Politano won a penalty from Alessio Romagnoli in the 67th minute, with Martinez confidently dispatching what proved to be the clincher. Musacchio thrashed home from six yards soon after – the goal standing despite Krzysztof Piatek appearing to stray offside. Milan were boosted again when VAR overturned a red card shown to Andrea Conti for a rash tackle on Martinez, the reversal sparking a reaction from Spalletti which brought about his dismissal. But Inter managed to hang on, with Samir Handanovic crucially blocking Samu Castillejo's late header and Danilo D'Ambrosio brilliantly denied Patrick Cutrone. What does it mean? Derby della Madonnina still a spectacle It is fair to say that neither Inter nor Milan are what they once were, but on Sunday they put on quite the show, scrapping like their lives depended on it and also producing a bit of quality now and again. These are not classic squads, but the derby remains a rollercoaster ride. Martinez holds his nerve Although chances for the Argentinian striker were not frequent, Martinez ran tirelessly, kept the Milan defence busy and showed admirable nerve to score his penalty. The youngster looks at home in this fixture. Piatek fails to shine in the spotlight With Icardi absent, the opportunity was there for Piatek to show who is the new star in town, but he offered precious little for a Milan side who rarely threatened aside from their two goals. Key Opta Facts: - Inter are unbeaten in their last six Serie A Milan derbies for the first time since 1999 (10). - Matias Vecino has scored the earliest goal in a Milan derby in Serie A since April 2011 (Alexandre Pato for AC Milan, after 43 seconds). - Inter have conceded seven of their last 10 Serie A goals from set-pieces. - Lautaro Martinez has both scored and delivered an assist in the same match for his second time for Inter. - Martinez is the first Inter player to find the net in his first Milan derby in Serie A since Antonio Candreva (November 2016). - Both AC Milan scorers tonight have scored their first Serie A goal (Tiemoue Bakayoko and Mateo Musacchio). What's next? Milan travel to Sampdoria on Saturday March 30 after the international break, while Inter host Lazio a day later.

  • Spalletti has no regrets over Icardi sit...

    Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti insists he has no regrets about his handling of the Mauro Icardi saga. Icardi will not be involved in Inter's Derby della Madonnina against AC Milan on Sunday, as a stand-off over his future and conflicting takes from club and player over his f...

    Spalletti has no regrets over Icardi situation

    Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti insists he has no regrets about his handling of the Mauro Icardi saga. Icardi will not be involved in Inter's Derby della Madonnina against AC Milan on Sunday, as a stand-off over his future and conflicting takes from club and player over his fitness continue. Inter are fourth – just a point and place behind their city rivals – but go into the clash having won just once in their last five games and off the back of a Europa League exit to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday. The ongoing Icardi soap opera continues to provide an unwelcome distraction for Spalletti but he is adamant that he would not have done anything differently. "If I go back in time, I lose more time," he told a media conference "I don't go back, I go on. Choices must be made at the moment and after you have taken them you have to stick with them." He then told the assembled journalists: "If you go back and rewrite your articles, it's a mess." Milan enter the game in contrastingly high spirits following a run of five consecutive wins in Serie A.  That recent upturn owes much to the prolific form of Krzysztof Piatek, who has scored six goals in as many league starts since joining from Genoa in January. Spalletti, however, says Inter will not be taking any specific measures to stop the Poland striker. "We usually defend against the whole team, never individually," he explained. "It is clear that we will also have to take into consideration the individual challenge, but it depends where he plays." When asked if his side can finish above their city rivals, Spalletti made it clear that is focus is squarely on securing a Champions League qualification spot. "They're a strong team as they're showing at this time, but our aim is to finish in the top four," he added.

  • 'I'd have started a world war' - Nainggo...

    Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan has opened up on his departure from Roma, revealing that his poor relationship with now sacked sporting director Monchi would have led to a "world war". Nainggolan spent four years in the Italian capital, with consistent displays resulting in be...

    'I'd have started a world war' - Nainggolan reveals bust up with Monchi caused Roma exit

    Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan has opened up on his departure from Roma, revealing that his poor relationship with now sacked sporting director Monchi would have led to a "world war". Nainggolan spent four years in the Italian capital, with consistent displays resulting in being selected for Serie A's team of the year in every campaign, as well as Roma's player of the season in 2017. Regardless of his continued high quality performances for the Giallorossi, the Belgian revealed that Monchi had gone behind his back and tried to sell him without his knowledge, something the 30-year-old took extremely hard. “I had a difference of opinion with the sporting director [Monchi],” Nainggolan told HLN. “He didn't behave professionally towards me – more proof that football is full of fakes. “If he had said to me, as a man: 'We want to sell you', I would have replied 'OK', but he had brokers trying to sell me in Turkey without my knowledge. “I realised I couldn't stay there – it was him or me. If I had stayed - with my personality - I'd have started a world war every day.” Nainggolan is currently sidelined with a torn calf muscle, an injury he picked up doing sprints in training and will miss the upcoming Milan derby as a result. And while many have called out Il Ninja for his alleged party-boy lifestyle as he enters the final years of his professional career, Nainggolan revealed that he has given up smoking in a bid to preserve his time at the peak of his game. “I used to play 50 games every year without injuries but now I seem to go from one to another,” he said. “It's frustrating. “I have to learn to deal with it. Small things can make big differences. I've lost weight and I've also stopped smoking. It's not easy, but I can do it.” AC Milan sit only one point ahead of Inter in third place, giving Sunday's derby clash in Serie A even more meaning as Inter push to finish the season with Champions League qualification.

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