The coach has given his first Serie A press conference and he is looking forward to a good showing against Siena, but he knows it will not be easy…
Milan coach Leonardo is looking forward to his first game of the Serie A season against Siena, but he is in no mood to make any Scudetto predicitions.
The coach takes his side to Tuscany tomorrow night for his season’s opener. Leonardo is eyeing maximum points, claiming Milan will go there to win the game, but he has warned against the threat from the Bianconeri.
“I think everyone starts off on the same level with zero points. The new season is here and I am sure Siena will want to do well against us,” Leonardo told the press.
“They did well last season and they have a good coach and so we need to be focussed to the maximum like we were in the Berlusconi trophy.
“We have had a busy pre-season and worked hard. I think we will get rewarded.”
Start early, start right. The coach believes it’s vital his side lay the foundations to a good season.
“I think it’s fundamental to get off on the right foot and show that by playing well with a good performance,” added the coach.
“I think we can start this season well as we have reacted well over the pre-season. We will start positive. It’s not a determining factor, but it’s important. We have to send a sign out and we can say our own by playing well.”
The Scudetto is on everyone’s lips in Milan, but Leonardo is taking a cautious approach by letting the football do the talking.
“The league? I don’t think we should make too many predicitons. We have to think about ourselves and how we work rather than think about the others,” continued the Brazilian.
“Everyone is available to us and this is important, but Khakaber Kaladze is still struggling, but he is on his way back. I think we will have a good season.
“We know our objectives. I don’t want to make predicitions when speaking about the Scudetto or Champions League. We have the will to win and we want to show this game after game.
“We know we are Milan and we will face the season with a winning mentality, but the pitch will show the results.
“If you look at Inter’s recent past, you would say that they are the favourites. Juve have done well too, but we will be there to say our own also.”
Leonardo has taken example from a number of Serie A coaches as he stays quiet on tomorrow’s formation.
“Who will play? There are always doubts, especially when everyone is available to you. The base of the team that will play against Siena is the same as the one that played in the Berlusconi trophy,” concluded the coach.