Milan derby

Abbiati bemoans Leonardo switch

March 30, 2011

AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has expressed his disappointment over Leonardo's decision to coach Inter as the build-up to this weekend's derby intensifies.

Leonardo will be in the Nerazzurri dug-out for the top-of-the-table clash, a season on from when he was in the opposite camp as AC's manager.

After leaving the current leaders at the end of last season, he made a surprise return to the game as Inter's boss at Christmas, and has sparked a revival of their title challenge.

"The fact that when he left he made us understand that he wouldn't be coaching the following year left me perplexed," Abbiati told Sky Italia. "I think his passage to Inter has disappointed many Milan fans. Some of my team-mates were also hurt by the decision."