Patrick Cutrone is happy with his brace against Austria Wien and aims to make Montella’s choices more difficult.
Cutrone returned to the starting XI last night as Milan took on Austria Wien in the Europa League and the 19-year-old got two goals to his name as the Rossoneri won 5-1 to secure qualification to the Knockout stage of the competition.
Opportunities in Serie A have become a bit scarce for Cutrone (and André Silva) as Montella prefers to use Nikola Kalinić and Suso up front in the league. But while Austria Wien aren’t exactly representative of the quality of Serie A (they are arguably the weakest side Milan faced this season), Patrick showed why he deserves more credit.
“I am happy because I scored two goals and I helped the team win,” Cutrone told MilanTV at the end of the match at Stadio San Siro on Thursday evening. “I am pleased, I want to be always in my best condition so I can challenge the boss and make it more difficult for him not to start me.
I like the way we reacted immediately after conceding. We did great at bouncing back and winning the game. The qualification? We are very happy to secure the first place, but we will still go to Rijeka to win. Bonucci [who together with Donnarumma was at fault for Austria Wien’s goal]? Leo is a leader, he was unlucky with the goal but he reacted and played a great game too. André Silva’s second goal? Luca Antonelli said he had touched the ball to take the piss out of Silva [laughs].
“Kaka [who visited Casa Milan yesterday and had a meeting regarding his future with CEO Marco Fassone]? He is a legend at this club, it’s an honor to see him and that he watched the game.”
Speaking to Sky, Cutro said: “My moment? I think about working day after day to improve myself more and more thanks to the help of my teammates and the staff, and to always give the maximum. I’m pleased to be with the group and offering the group dinner was an honor for me.
“The squad and I have to work well and we’re thinking of Sunday’s game that is very important. My performances? I have a lot to improve, I have to work and always help my teammates, then if I get the goal then it’s even better. Kaka? As a kid I was a ball-boy and I saw him.”
To the microphones in the mixed-zone, he added: “We are delighted to have won and to have reached the first place, this was our objective and we achieved it. I can’t say what we miss in the league compared to the Europa League, but I know that we are all striving to achieve our goals.
“Now we’re thinking of the match against Torino [Sunday, 15:00 CET at San Siro]. I’m always committed in training and I will always be ready for the coach and for the team. A start against Torino? The coach will decide, I will be ready both for the bench and for the starting spot.
“Kaka? It’s always nice to have a figure like him that is a legend, it’d be great to have him in the club.”