Calabria: “It was a crucial match for us and sixth place is fundamental, we can only thank coach Gattuso”

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Ricardo Rodriguez, Davide Calabria, Giacomo Bonaventura, Alessio Romagnoli and Leonardo Bonucci thanking the fans at the end of Milan-Fiorentina at Stadio San Siro on May 20, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Ricardo Rodriguez, Davide Calabria, Giacomo Bonaventura, Alessio Romagnoli and Leonardo Bonucci thanking the fans at the end of Milan-Fiorentina at Stadio San Siro on May 20, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

Davide Calabria said Milan did well to fight back against Fior and admitted finishing in sixth was important.

Milan ended a long and difficult season on a good note as they beat Fiorentina 5-1 thanks to goals from Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Patrick Cutrone (x2) and Jack Bonaventura.

This win means that the Diavolo have directly qualified for the Europa League group stage with no need of early preliminary rounds which would’ve had to be played in July and August.

“We did great not to give up after they scored,” Calabria told MilanTV. “Our reaction was fantastic. We wanted to make a comeback immediately and after we took the lead, everything became easier. We will now enjoy playing in Europa League and we will keep improving with all the young players we have in the squad. It wasn’t easy with so many new players and next year we will only do better.

“The work of Gattuso? We can only thank him, he did well as soon as he arrived. From January onwards, we did very well, then it wasn’t easy to get to the end after all the matches we played. The summer preparations? It is fundamental to be sixth, we will prepare for next season in the best way possible. From Monday I’ll start with the Nazionale [Plizzari, Locatelli and Cutrone have also been called-up by the Italy U21 side] and I hope to finish [the year] in the best way.”

Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodriguez, Davide Calabria, Patrick Cutrone, Emanuele Torrasi, Tiago Dias and Frank Tsadjout celebrating at the end of Milan-Fiorentina at Stadio San Siro on May 20, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodriguez, Davide Calabria, Patrick Cutrone, Emanuele Torrasi, Tiago Dias and Frank Tsadjout celebrating at the end of Milan-Fiorentina at Stadio San Siro on May 20, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

The fullback, who had a great second half of the season under Gattuso, also spoke in the mixed zone: “Nothing changed compared to the previous weeks, it was a crucial match for us to avoid the preliminaries, we were good at reacting and it’s everyone’s merit because it was fundamental to win.

“The season? I don’t give myself a vote, but I’m happy and satisfied. Last year I didn’t find continuity because of an ankle injury, last season there were rushed judgements [about Calabria] but in Italy it works like that. I’m happy to have reacted to the best of the trust of the coach and of the team that helped me. We changed gears at the end of December, in the first few months we had difficulties because the energies were scarce, but we did a second round of a 10 [rating].

“The national team? I wish go luck to Roberto Mancini, I’m focused on the U21 side.”

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