AC Milan’s Amelia: Abbiati and I are the best in Italy

Date:28th November 2012 at 1:32pm
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AC Milan’s second-choice goalkeeper Marco Amelia has claimed that he and Christian Abbiati provide the club with “the best pair of goalkeepers in Italy.”

Amelia was required to step into the starting lineup against Juventus at the weekend after back pain caused Abbiati to pull out during the warm up and helped the Rossoneri to a 1-0 victory.

“It isn’t easy having to go into a game like Milan-Juventus with only a few minutes of warning, but fortunately I have a strong personality and the experience to face delicate situations like this,” Amelia told Milan Channel.

“In my view, today Abbiati and I are the best pair of goalkeepers in Italy. Maybe only Juventus with Gigi Buffon and Marco Storari have two figures of the same level as Milan.

“There is also hope for the future, as Gabriel is an excellent goalkeeper for one so young. Right now he is shut out by me and Abbiati, but I am sure he’ll have a great future ahead of him.”

Having condemned the Serie A champions to only their second league defeat of the season the shot-stopper felt that the team could draw confidence from their spirited display after a stuttering start to the campaign. He was also keen to note the key role played by the home support.

“Juve created a lot of play down the flanks in the second half, so I tried to come off my line as much as possible to help my teammates.

“The psychological state of the squad has changed recently and when we feel like that, we can play better and with more confidence.

“At the start of the season there were so many changes, but us ‘old boys’ who stayed behind worked to instil the Milan spirit in the new players.

“I’m glad to say the game with Juventus was the first time this season we’ve really felt San Siro fired up for us. We players need to feel the support of the fans at this moment to get back to the level of recent years.”