Ignazio Abate thinks ‘it was a fundamental game’ against Sassuolo and claims ‘the league is competitive and it will be difficult for everyone’.
Milan beat Sassuolo 4-1 to win in Serie A for the first time since August 31st but it could’ve ended a lot differently if it wasn’t for Abate’s brilliant tackle inside the box which prevented Federico Di Francesco from scoring and giving Sassuolo the lead.
Franck Kessié, Suso (brace) and Samu Castillejo found the net for Milan, who unfortunately once again could not keep a clean sheet as Filip Đuričić scored in the 69′ minute.
“We gave an important signal to ourselves, it was a fundamental game,” Abate said in the mixed zone after the game. “As a group we’ve always believed in our work, we were on the right track also before Sunday because the performances were always there. We met a team that plays great football but we put in something more that makes the difference between a draw and a win.
“We must always have a performance of a high mental level to bring home results. This year the league is competitive and it will be difficult for everyone. We failed to put the games to bed recently but we have always believed in ourselves. We always train at high intensity at Milanello.
“Let’s hope to take home as many points as possible from now on.” The next game of Milan is on Thursday night as they take on Olympiacos at Stadio San Siro (18:55 CEST kickoff).