Oct 7, 2012 at 7.45pm UK at ​San Siro
AC Milan
0-1
Inter Milan

Mexes (34'), De Jong (38'), Pazzini (82'), Montolivo (85'), Yepes (88')
Ambrosini (90')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Samuel (3')
Juan (11'), Nagatomo (23'), Ranocchia (83')
Nagatomo (48')

Nigel de Jong: 'Midfield will be key to victory'

De Jong: 'Midfield will be key to victory'
© PA Photos
AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong says that tonight's Milan derby will be won and lost in midfield.

AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong has said that his team's early-season problems stemmed from a lack of "experience and cynicism".

The Rossoneri have taken just seven points from their opening six games, including their first two home fixtures against Sampdoria and Atalanta.

"I think fundamentally our problems revolved around a lack of experience," Football Italia has quoted the Dutchman as saying.

"This is a very young side and many players were on the bench last season only to be promoted to the first team. It is never easy to change your perspective at a club like Milan.

"We lost to Sampdoria and Atalanta, but with all due respect, I think the only difference between us in those games was experience and cynicism. We're a new group and are improving game by game."

Two wins in the last three games has gone some way to steadying the ship at the San Siro ahead of tonight's crucial Milan derby.

De Jong, who joined Milan from Manchester City before the close of the summer transfer window, believes that the match will be won by the team that controls the midfield.

"Where can we win the derby? In midfield, like with every big game," he added. "Usually if you take control in the middle of the park, then you can have the better of the match."

Milan won their previous game 3-2 against Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League.

Christian Abbiati
Read Next:
Abbiati: 'We are behind Allegri'
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Napoli20163144133151
2Juventus20162249153450
3Inter Milan20126235152042
4Lazio19124348242440
5Roma19123430141639
6Sampdoria199373629730
7Atalanta BCAtalanta208663126530
8Fiorentina207762921828
9AC Milan208482527-228
10Torino2061042827128
11Udinese199193327628
12Bologna2073102330-724
13AC Chievo VeronaChievo205782032-1222
14Genoa205691622-621
15SassuoloSassuolo2063111330-1721
16CagliariCagliari2062121831-1320
17SPALSPAL2036112138-1715
18Crotone2043131338-2515
19Hellas VeronaHellas Verona2034131841-2313
20BeneventoBenevento2021171343-307
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account