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Sinisa Mihajlovic: We're going through a tough moment


Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has urged his players to show character and conviction to bounce back from a very disappointing start to the new season.

The Rossoneri face Torino away from home on Saturday evening hoping to improve on their 11th place in the table.

"We're going through a tough moment which we have to come out of," Mihajlovic said.

"To do this, we will need character and conviction. It's not been easy to prepare because of the international break and we've had lots of absences.

"But we won't look for excuses and we will prepare for the match as best as we can. Formation? There is no 'winning' formation. I have said that before.

"In the past couple of weeks I have read a lot of things, and even read that the club reportedly asked me to change the formation. Those who write these things clearly don't know me.

"I speak with President Berlusconi and CEO Galliani, but the final decision on the team and tactics lies with me. At the moment we need to find our confidence again and be more solid, but we haven't been able to train with a full squad because of the international break.

"We know it's a big match, but if you don't play with the desire to win, the hunger and the right focus, then the formation has little significance. We have adopted so far a 4-3-1-2 because it is in the club's DNA and part of Milan's history. In pre-season it worked well.

"In Serie A, our performances haven't been consistent and there have been some problems. We will evaluate everything and try and find a solution.

"Tomorrow we have to play as we know how. Torino play good football and the credit goes to Ventura, who is one of the best coaches in Italy and a master of the game.

"He has been at the club for many years and the results are there to see. They have the players to make it hard for us, but we know what we need to do. Toro are playing well but if we play like we know how, we can win."

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