Patrick Cutrone has said ‘it is normal that I would like to play more’ this season but insisted ‘my objectives are the same as the whole team’s’.
Cutrone is one of the players Gennaro Gattuso has used in most games since the ex-midfielder took over the Rossoneri bench, but Patrick has struggled for significant minutes this term due to the presence of Krzysztof Piątek and that of Gonzalo Higuaín before him.
This upcoming week will be very important for Milan as they face Parma away from home and then Lazio in the return leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final. Due to the cup game, Sky reports that it is possible that Piątek will be rested against Parma, leaving space open for Cutrone to start.
“Parma? It’s a fundamental game for fourth place, which is our objective,” Cutrone, who scored 9 goals this season, said in an interview with Sky on Thursday. “We want to qualify for the Champions League at all costs, the six games that are missing [to the end of the season] are six finals. Hearing the music of the Champions League? It would be great to play in it, we will do everything to get there. In this sense the win against Lazio helped us mentally, but we must not lower our guard.
“Piątek? I have a great relationship with him and there’s a good ‘feeling’ [between them] on the pitch. We have shown that we can play together. I do everything I can to convince the coach. It’s normal that I’d like to play more, every player wants to be a starter, but I always commit myself to the maximum in training to make myself ready for the game, then the coach chooses. Attitude matters more than anything. The Kessié-Bakayoko affair? The topic is closed, we’ve talked about it a bit too much.”
Cutrone also had an interview with MilanTV: “The weekend’s win [against Lazio] has certainly helped our morale. We felt the support of our fans, it gave us a massive boost. And, as they say, winning breeds winning. Hopefully we can build on that win. If you want to achieve your objective, you need to give everything you’ve got. I’m focused on doing my very best, as are all my teammates.
“I’m in good shape, I’m focused on training well, and I want to be ready whenever the coach calls on me. My objectives are the same as the whole team’s, we are determined to qualify for the Champions League and book our place in the final of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday.
“The formation? Which formation suits us best and who to field are both the coach’s decision. I’m ready to do my part whenever the coach calls on me. We know how important the fourth spot is. We must do everything we can to stay fourth. That means we have to win all our games.
“I hope I can score plenty of goals to help the team.”