Gianluigi Donnarumma has spoken to DAZN and MilanTV about different topics as he’s getting ready for another Derby.
The Rossoneri conceded just one goal in three games this season but on Saturday they have a formidable opponents against them at San Siro, as Antonio Conte’s Inter arrives for the first Derby of the season.
Gigio Donnarumma will of course be between the sticks of Milan and he will be trying to deny the forwards of the Nerazzurri and help the Diavolo get their first win over Inter in three years.
“My celebration at the end of Hellas-Milan? A discharge of adrenaline with the last kick of the game, the desire I had to win that game, as we all had, and we showed it on the pitch. It was a celebration of discharge, even with my teammates. I’m very happy,” Donnarumma told DAZN.
“The team? We’re a beautiful group. With the new coach it’s normal to have a bit of difficulty at the beginning, but we’re following him well. We have made two wins out of three, not playing very well but winning helps to win, and we’re slowly getting to grips with our game.
“The derby? In the derby you go beyond everything, it’s a game in itself, you prepare yourself, and it gives you a lot of energy and a lot of emotion to play it. It’s a unique satisfaction to play the derby, it’s very, very nice. Winning it is even better, it was in my second derby – the first was the Trofeo Berlusconi. Winning the first derby in Serie A gave me great emotions.
“Samir Handanović? I know him, he’s a very good guy and a great goalkeeper. I like how he attacks the ball, plus we know all his other qualities. The Interisti in the national team? We have a great relationship. With Danilo D’Ambrosio I have a beautiful relationship, he’s my compatriot and he also lives below me. I’ll surely cross him.
“Boban said that I’m a dressing room leader? I thank him so much, I always try to give my best, to give a hand to the team and to encourage it. I behave like I’ve always behaved. I’m an easy-going guy, I’m among those with more appearances, and that gives me some extra responsibility.
“My debut with Milan? I was excited. I was a little tense as it should be. It was a special moment, I remember when Siniša Mihajlović told me the day before. It was very excited. I wanted to call my family immediately, it was fantastic. Siniša asked me if I was afraid to play, I said ‘no’ because I was ready. I was training well, I was very motivated. Mihajlović’s battle with cancer? He’ll surely pull through it, he’s a lion. I wish him good luck and I hope to give him a hug soon.
“The tears of farewell when Mihajlović left Milan? Yes, I was disappointed too. He is a person who gives you everything, even during the game he gave you extra motivation. He was very direct with us, if he wants to tell you something he says it to your face, this is the beauty of the coach.
“My first training session at Milanello? I arrived in the year of Inzaghi. I was training at Milanello and I remember that after having played with the Primavera against Brescia, I trained at Milanello and was a ball-boy at San Siro. My first time on the bench was against Cesena; I was with the national team, someone got injured and Galliani immediately called me to tell me that I would be on the bench. It was an indescribable emotion.
“How did I become a goalkeeper? I was four when my brother went to train with uncle [who was a goalkeeping coach]. I started very early, from there I always played in goal. My brother Antonio? We always joke between ourselves. He tells me to give my best, also before each game he calms me down and tells me to do what I can do. He has a very important role.
“The role of the goalkeeper? There are moments when nothing happens, others when you’re confident and times when everything goes in. The important thing is to always work to the maximum as you never stop learning. I always do that with my [goalkeeping] coach. We work on everything. I’m much better with my feet now and I’m happy about that. With Giampaolo, we start a lot from behind.
“The new rule that allows to pass to teammates inside the penalty area? There are always pros and cons, if you are too tight and they give you the ball back then you have little time to handle the ball because the opponent is very close. We train on it in training, the coach decides what needs to be done and we listen to him.
“Romagnoli? I have a splendid relationship with Alessio, we are very good friends. He is a fantastic guy, a good guy and I love him so much. He is a good captain he’s able to give even more. I’m very happy to have him as captain and I hope he continues to be.
“My most beautiful save? My most exciting was the one during our 1-0 win against Juve at San Siro in the last minute. The roar of the stadium was wonderful, the loudest I’ve heard. My private life? I’m a quiet guy, I like being at home with my family. My relationship with Juve Stabia? If I ever went home and there were some matches then I’d definitely go to the stadium.
“My dream? Succeeding in reaching objectives with Milan.”
The 20-year-old also had an interview with MilanTV: “My constant personal growth? At first you have less responsibility, because you are very young, and therefore you make more risks. Then, gradually, you grow in experience and you know when to risk or not. I am very, very happy with the progress I have made. Milan have the best defense in the 2019 calendar year? We must also congratulate the team and the defense, which helps me a lot and is doing a great job both in training and in the game.
“The derby we won 3-0 with Mihajlović on the bench? Siniša was very important, I wish him all the good in the world. I know he’s a lion and he’ll make it. We were all motivated in that derby. To tell the truth, at the end of the game I put my shirt on my head and a tear fell. I was really very excited, winning the first derby I played in 3-0 was very exciting.
“The last derby we lost? It still hurts a little. That game must come to mind, because our season changed from there. Self-confidence had decreased a bit from there and the results had been negative. We all need to be thinking about that game and what happened next, we have to give everything and we hope to make a great result.
“Boban’s words? I thank him so much for his words. I try to give my best and to encourage my teammates both in training and in the game. It’s normal for me to look from behind, I can understand certain situations and I can help my teammates. Even in training, I don’t like to lose in the mini-games, I get angry and I try to encourage my teammates to try to get them to give their all in training.
“Working with coach Luigi Turci? He is giving me so much, he’s also a great motivator. He is very good at getting me to do my best in training and before games. I’m still growing so much, I thank him. Day after day, we work on things to improve, in all aspects. We hope to do a great job this year.
“The celebration at the end of the match against Hellas? I had a crazy adrenaline rush. It was important for us to win, because winning helps to win and it increases the self-confidence. I wanted to discharge the adrenaline after the free-kick and cheer with my team.
“The derby and the support of the fans? We know that the derby is a game in itself, the fans sense it very much too. They have a very important role for us, they have to stay close to us. We’re working well, even though we were struggling a bit more in the first game, but that’s normal with the new coach. We’re following him and I’m sure that we’ll slowly improve in the play as well.
“The fans have to be confident and give us a big hand, and I’m sure that that’s how it will be.”