Giacomo Bonaventura said ‘Gattuso has helped me and the team so much’ after scoring again, this time against Chievo.
Milan beat I Mussi Volanti 3-1 at Stadio San Siro today (Sunday) thanks to goals from Gonzalo Higuain (brace) and Jack.
It was the third seasonal goal for Bonaventura, after finding the net against Napoli and Atalanta. Today he managed to also get the three points with his goal.
“Gattuso is the coach with whom I have scored the most,” Bonaventura, who has been at the club since 2014, told MilanTV at the end of the match. “Since he arrived here he has helped me and the team so much. I am happy with my goal but it’s not a priority. The coach asks me to have a complete performance at all stages of the game and I’m also lucky that my teammates put me in a position to score. Let’s go forward, we are improving and have to keep up the good work.
“Scoring goals? I try to exploit every opportunity. I wasted a good chance in the first half because I saw the ball at the very last second, as it happened in Cagliari, but I can’t miss such an easy goal. But in general, for the opportunities I have, I can score a few more goals.
“If it’s the best Milan I’ve been a part of? We’ve signed quality players and we have raised the bar. The level of the squad has increased a lot and this means the performances of the individuals also rises. The team, in the last year and a half, is doing well but still has ample room for improvement.
“The derby in sight? Arriving there with a win is a positive for us, it gives us conviction that the work that we do is the right one. Let’s take the breather now, the international break can do us good and give enthusiasm. A clean sheet in the derby? We hope so… Aside from Pellisier’s goal we conceded almost nothing to Chievo. We’re working with the right concepts and we’ll also improve in this.”
Speaking in the mixed-zone, the 29-year-old Bonaventura added: “Today the goal coincided with my 150th Milan appearance. I’m happy for the win, today we had no other options but we’re happy because Chievo is a tough team. Now we focus on the national team, we focus on other games but the national teams give enthusiasm to the club. Those who go to the national team will return and those who remain at Milanello will work; we will all be fired-up for the derby.”
In a post-match interview with Sky, Jack said: “San Siro has a demanding audience and we have to make great performances to get the applauses. I’m happy with today’s game. We have to do like this, focus on the performance and on the team. It’s important to keep winning.”
Bonaventura was also caught by the microphones of SportMediaset: “The importance of Higuain? We are able to put the offensive players in a position to be fresh and having scoring opportunities. We don’t have a precise way to serving Higuain. He is humble, he makes himself available and he also creates alone. We have to put players in the area of the opponents to create more dangers.”
The midfielder has been called-up by Roberto Mancini for Italy’s games. He will be joined by Donnarumma, Romagnoli and Cutrone, although the last two may have to withdraw due to injuries.