AC Milan are never a team to shy away from the spotlight, whether it be positive or negative.
This season again, however, has been one to forget for I rossoneri as the constant pressure on coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has not let Milan take a breath all season.
17-year-old Milan goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma has come out in the media asking Milan “to be united" in the face of their woes.
Speaking to La Stampa, Donnarumma spoke about his inspiration for Milan: “It was Antonio who passed onto me the passion for Milan.”
Donnarumma continued, touching on a season that has been more than frustrating: “Our situation is difficult; we only picked up two points from four games.”
Milan are currently sitting sixth and have all but lost out in their quest for Champions League football - langushing 14 points behind third place Roma - they are now battling it out with rivals Inter Milan in 5th for Europe League football.
Young 'keeper keen to get his hands on silverware
Donnarumma is ready to battle out the Coppa Italia final and is believes that Milan need to be “united and fight for every ball against Juventus”.
He knows how important this final is for the city itself as the Milan faithful have been again left short. “We must win this at all costs,” he added.
As the future of the coach who gave Donnarumma his record breaking Seria A debut, the 'keeper does not miss an opportunity to thank Mihajlovic: “I’ll never thank him enough, I always dreamt of defending Milan’s goal, but I never thought it could happen so early.”
Donnarumma will never forget how it panned out during a match against Genoa, “Mihajlovic turned around and said, ‘warm up’! I looked the other way because I thought he was talking with somebody else.”
Milan-Juventus is a must win game for the former as their fans deserve something to be proud of after recent seasons.
Milan, as Donnarumma mentioned, need to be united and put all the rumours behind them as this final holds more than pride but relief.