Castillejo: “Gattuso told me to stay calm and to play my game, my debut went well, I feel like one of the team”

Samu Castillejo during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on August 31, 2018. (
Samu Castillejo during Milan-Roma at Stadio San Siro on August 31, 2018. (

Samu Castillejo was pleased with how his first Milan match, as he helped the Rossoneri beat Roma 2-1.

Milan scored through Franck Kessié in the 40′ minute against Roma last night at Stadio San Siro, but Federico Fazio equalized in the 59′ minute.

Rino Gattuso felt his side can win the match and he changed the entire left flank, bringing on Diego Laxalt for Ricardo Rodriguez, Samu Castillejo for Çalhanoğlu and Patrick Cutrone for Jack Bonaventura.

The bet of Rino paid off tremendously as Laxalt and Castillejo – who made his debut – brought a lot of liveliness to the Milan game and with their quick feet changed the game. In the 95′ minute, Gonzalo Higuain found Cutrone free in the box and the striker scored to make it 2-1 at the end.

“It was difficult when I came on because they started controlling the game,” Castillejo, who arrived from Villarreal, told MilanTV at the end of the match. “The boss told me to stay calm, to play my game and to try to win. The coach insists we need to become a great team and a great family. I think all this is happening, even if I have only been here for a few weeks. I was nervous at the start because it was my debut at San Siro but it went well, the fans gave me a warm welcome.

“Settling in? I already knew Musacchio from before and also Pepe [Reina] helped me because he is Spanish. But everyone has helped me, and I feel like one of the team. Now we have a day off to rest.”


  1. Good start! If you can keep this up, consistently and for 90 minutes, I see you taking over Suso’s spot in the team.
    Keep it up Samu!

  2. Guess who said Samu would be better than Quincy?
    Good luck and hopefully he can cement himself as a leading winger in Italy.

  3. I love the relationship in attack play between Samu and Laxalt.. To those that criticize the buy of Laxalt i am very sure you all saw the differences between him and RR defensive and attacking wise , ball get into the box easier and quick with his cross but he still need to do it better and calmly . He was a bit nervous.
    The win was a victory well deserved with performance and determination the whole team displayed . Beginning of more wins

  4. Imo laxalt was very interesting, Samu… A bit less. He looks like a player with great physical ability, runs like crazy, knows his defensive work, but attacking wise not very bright from what I’ve seen.



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