AC Milan’s 1984 derby hero Mark Hateley believes that the Rossoneri will pop out on most sensible of Inter on this coming weekend’s Derby della Madonnina.
The Milanese duo meet as Serie A’s most sensible two aspects on Sunday afternoon, and Hateley is assured that his former workforce can retake their position on the desk’s summit with a win.
“There’s going to be targets within the Milan derby,” Hateley instructed The Italian Soccer Podcast. “I’m going to position my neck at the line and say a 2-1 or 3-2 win for Milan.”
“I feel Milan can win the Scudetto. They began nice, were given the momentum going. They’ve had their little blip and recovered. Now they have got their largest competitors – Inter and Juventus – chasing them.
“They [Milan] are most sensible of the desk, it’s as much as the remaining to catch them. I feel Juventus, with their enjoy, will push them however I feel Milan can do it.
“It’s a truly thrilling identify race.”
Hateley is in all probability best possible identified for his iconic and towering header within the Milan derby in 1984, which the Rossoneri gained 2-1.
“I at all times get reminded of it. I’ve were given it in my learn about at house,” he mentioned. “I’ve it in black and white and in color.
“One perspective is from the close to publish and the opposite perspective is from the some distance publish. Beneath that photograph, I’ve an image of myself at 6 years previous doing a diving header enjoying with my school-kids.
“There will have to had been about 90,000 enthusiasts within the stadium that day. The explanation it’s at all times remembered is as a result of Milan had long gone via some onerous instances then. And Fulvio Collovati [who Hateley outjumped] leaping send when Milan were given relegated. And he signed for our largest competitors. It couldn’t had been extra poignant.
“We hadn’t gained in opposition to Inter for one thing like six years ahead of that sport. It used to be like all of the stars and all of the planets had aligned that day for that function.
“It’s an iconic function. I feel it used to be voted certainly one of, if no longer the all time Milan derby function. I’m glad that I may succeed in that. And it’s nice to be remembered no longer just for that function however for the various nice instances I had at Milan with the avid gamers.
“I’m nonetheless in contact with Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini, they helped me with a guide I’m writing on my profession.”
The new Derby della Madonnina within the Coppa Italia, which noticed Inter emerge as victors, changed into heated as tempers flared between Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the latter enjoying the position of provocateur.
Requested to select between the pair, Hateley couldn’t make a choice one to come back out on most sensible in a bodily duel.
“I feel it might be a truly excellent battle,” he mentioned. “Other folks would pay to observe that.
“Lets open a stadium for it. Each [are] very robust personalities. Romelu is the most important guy. Ibra is the technician.
“I wouldn’t like to name it. It could be an excessively difficult battle!”