Head coach Giampaolo and Rossoneri defender Mateo Musacchio spoke to Milan TV following tonight’s away victory against Hellas Verona. This is what they had to say.
“The team played intelligently after gaining the numerical advantage. We were fully concentrated and did not take any unnecessary risks. There are many areas where we can improve. There is no such thing as a perfect squad in the middle of September.”
"Piątek is relaxed. I saw that he was feeling good, as I told you before the match. He just needs to remain calm. Biglia is a leader, a strong player, he knows how to handle himself on the pitch. I thought he could play due to his resilience in difficult matches. Suso is a great player – his dribbling, his first touch into the space. When you play against teams that close the space down you need players like him. Paquetá is a bit messy in that position but he has to work on it, I have to help him develop into a complete player. He needs to understand when to play it safe and when he can take risks. Çalhanoğlu is one of those players who can help against teams that sit deep. I will struggle to go without him."
"I preferred Verona in Lecce last Sunday; today they set up to stop us from playing. We were good at tiring them out. I told the boys that sooner or later we would find a way through."
THE IDENTITY OF THE TEAM
"I am working on improving that, it is a collective thought. We must learn to dominate matches and to dictate the tempo of matches. But there are many aspects which we need to improve, it will take time."
THE WORDS OF MATEO MUSACCHIO
"We won and that is the most important thing. It was not easy after the sending off because they sat back, and we struggled to find the space. Not conceding many goals is crucial, and the whole team deserve credit, not just the defence. The week leading up to the derby will be special – all the players want to play in this match. We know that they are strong, but we are only thinking about winning. We know that we are capable".
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