Luca Antonelli is happy for Riccardo Montolivo’s goals in the 6-0 win over Shkëndija and also for himself, after going through a ‘tragic’ sporting year.
Milan scored 6 times past KF Shkëndija yesterday at San Siro in the first leg of the Europa League playoff qualification stage.
The fifth of the Diavolo was scored by left back Luca Antonelli. The 30-year-old was picked over Ricardo Rodriguez for the clash against the Macedonian side and he celebrated a goal for the first time since scoring against Frosinone in May 2016.
“I had a tragic year, sportingly speaking. The last full game I played was with La Nazionale on the 4th of September last year. I have to thank my wife, my family and my children,” an emotional Antonelli told MilanTV at the end of the match. “This year I’ve started well, and I want to continue like this.
“Now we are preparing for Crotone which will be a very difficult journey. The old guard? Abate, Montolivo and Jack have shown great attachment to this shirt, they’ve helped the newcomers into the group. Riccardo didn’t have an easy year either and now he started it with a brace, we’re very happy.”
Speaking to Sky Italia and in the mixed-zone at the Meazza, Antonelli added: “The match? I was hoping it would go fine, we were good at making it so easy. We did well to attack from the first minute. Now the head is on Crotone, a great team trained by a great coach. The fans’ enthusiasm? It’s up to us to continue to feed it. The fans deserve great satisfaction after the dark years we’ve had.
“The fact that we didn’t concede? We have to continue on this road, strong opponents will arrive and we must try to concede as few goals as possible. We have a good team but we haven’t done anything yet. We will do anything to be at the top of the standings.
“The new signings? They are all good guys, they’ve all settled in very well right away. I really like Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Ricardo Rodriguez is a great player, Andrea Conti… I can name all those who’ve been signed. A great team has been created and we hope to get some satisfactions.
“Bonucci? He is a ‘campione’, there is little to say about him. He will give us a big hand on and off the pitch. We are happy that he has arrived. Zapata and Musacchio are doing very well too. It’s better to have him with you. I was struck by his humility, he entered the dressing room on his tip-toes.”
“I rejected a move to Fiorentina [they wanted him in the Kalinić deal]? I didn’t say ‘no’ to any team, I was unaware of any deal. I’m happy to stay, I support Milan and staying here is the best for me.”