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Whether he will make an appearance tonight remains to be seen, but tonight’s game will absolutely result into a reunion with Johann Vogel. The Swiss international moved to the Milan giants last summer after having spent six seasons with PSV.VareseThe Vogel family live in Varese, close to the Swiss border. His colleague Rui Costa lives around the corner. Como is situated at twenty kilometers’ distance and the children go to an international school opposite his house. Vogel lives on a hill where one has a lovely view of the surroundings when the weather is fair. San Siro, the AC Milan stadium, is at a 35 minutes ride. If he wants to, he can do his shopping in his native country. It is quite clear that Vogel is having a great time in Varese. Very well-organized indeed"PSV are a small copy of AC Milan. Everything here is very well-organized indeed. But the main difference is that we have a 25-man squad and all the players show great technical and tactical skills", is Johann Vogel’s view on the Rossoneri. He has made two appearances for AC Milan so far this season, against Reggina and Cagliari, and he was brought on as a substitute during the Fenerbahçe game nineteen minutes from final time. "I did not have high expectations when I cam here. I have a philosophical point of view and take things as they come. I am delighted I played the full 90 minutes in the previous two games. When you are a player at such a great club you had better accept the fact that you are on the bench from time to time. Clarence Seedorf and Jaap Stam have taken care of me here very well."Football cultureAlthough Vogel has a thorough command of the language and speaks Italian fluently, he needed time to adapt himself. "The football culture is quite different from what I was used to. After six seasons spent with PSV, I really had to get used to the new circumstances. It was most difficult football wise, as there are no such things as a fine passing game and lengthy possession of the ball, which are main ingredients in the Dutch football culture. Here we play more directly, try to find our forwards with long balls and take more risks. This is only my first year in Italy. But it has always a dream to play for AC Milan. When I signed a contract here I realized that I would face tough competition from team mates that vie for the same position and I knew all about the rotation system that is being practised here. To me that’s no problem."