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Sinisa Mihajlovic on the Empoli game, Mario Balotelli and Juraj Kucka


Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic says new signings Mario Balotelli and Juraj Kucka are available to face Empoli on Saturday night.

The Rossoneri will be eager to bounce back after last week's disappointing defeat against Fiorentina with former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli expected to start on the bench at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.

"[Mario] Balotelli and [Juraj] Kucka are both available for the match," the coach said.

"Balotelli is lacking in match fitness and hasn’t trained match, but he could be useful to us during the match.

"There is no questioning Balotelli’s potential as a player, his problem has always been a mental one, but he has made promises and I am sure that he will keep them.

"He has a moral commitment towards everybody, but I have seen him determined and he will now have to maintain those promises. He has always been a good lad, he knows he has made lots of mistakes and that this is the last chance for him.

"He has huge potential and I think that he’s realised that this is the moment to become a man. Kucka is a complete player and has experience in the Italian top flight. He is physically strong and he never gives up.

"He knows this is a big chance for him and he will make the most of it. We slipped up in Florence, but it was the hardest of the matches. We went there to win but were unable to.

"We now have to win our first league match at home. Empoli are an organised side, but we need to win. Balotelli will play when he is ready and if he deserves to. Let’s not put pressure on him."

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