Milan will be ready for PSV, says Boateng

The 26-year-old has rubbished theories that the club's indifferent pre-season form could have negative implications on their aspirations to qualify for Europe's elite tournament
AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng insists the club will be ready for their vital Champions League play-off against PSV.

The Rossoneri were last week paired with the Dutch outfit in final qualifying stage before the group stages of Europe's elite competition and the Ghana international has moved to allay fears the Italians' pre-season form - which included a 5-3 defeat to Manchester City - could spill over into their competitive clashes.

“There are still almost two weeks before we have to take it seriously, so we are perfectly within the planned schedule," Boateng told

"Our results in pre-season weren't exceptional, but I think the side did pretty well. We only had problems with Manchester City when we conceded five goals in the opening half-hour.

"But I can assure you we will be ready for the Champions League play-off."

The 26-year-old went on to highlight the talents of team-mates Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy and Riccardo Montolivo, and believes the trio will aid the club's push for another top-three finish this season.

"Milan will fight for the top spots this term. Our team is solid and I am convinced we’ll at least finish on the podium," he stated.

"Many people think we are not as competitive as in the past, but they are wrong.

"There are fewer marquee names, but still players of great talent like Stephan El Shaarawy, Mario Balotelli and Riccardo Montolivo, for example.

"You can be sure, Milan will be up there."

The Rossoneri travel to Netherlands on August 20 for the first leg, before welcoming their Dutch counterparts to San Siro eight days later.