Theo Hernández has spoken to MilanTV ahead of the game against Roma, saying ‘I am really happy to have joined Milan’ and ‘I am happy to work under Pioli’.
Milan face Roma at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening (18:00 CET), and unless Stefano Pioli makes a surprise change, Theo will start on the left-hand side of the defense, with Ricardo Rodríguez on the bench for the fifth consecutive match.
The 22-year-old gave a lengthy interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport, which you can read in full here, and he also spoke to MilanTV:
“The First months at Milanello? I’m really happy, from the first moment I got here my teammates have treated me great and I’m really happy to have joined Milan,” he said. “The first meeting with Maldini? It was a great moment, he convinced me to come here and that’s why I’m here.
“My experience in my first Derby della Madonnina? I was out with an ankle injury for a long time but when the coach gave me a chance, thing went well. Since then I’ve continued improving; every day, in every training session. I’m working hard to continue getting better.
“Recovering from my injury? No one likes getting injured, but it happens. I was out for about a month-and-a-half. Luckily, I recovered quickly and really well. I was really eager to start playing again, so I’m happy now. My ankle still bothers me sometimes, but it’s nothing serious. These things happen and I’m happy now.
“The first goal? It was a great, and special, goal. The most important thing was being able to help the team because the team is the most important thing. Obviously, I was happy to score but the most important thing was helping the team out. The goal was the rallying cry we needed to turn the match around, we then managed to take the lead, and then Reina saved that penalty. I think that was a turning point, and with the new coach, we’re really happy and motivated.
“I wrote on my Instagram that we are ‘more united than ever’ after the Lecce game? It was a crucial moment for us, following the draw at home, the fans were far from happy and that’s normal, we wanted to win. That’s why I made that post, it’s important for us to stay united and work hard to climb up the table, and we need the support of the fans to do well.
“The fans’ support? I felt it from the first moment arrived in Milano, they welcomed me really warmly and I really appreciate it. I came here to learn, grow and I hope I’ll stay here for a long time. The trust of Pioli? I can feel the coach’s trust in me, it’s an important feeling for any player, and we’re learning a lot with him. I’m happy to work under him.
“The upcoming matches? Every game is a challenge, we need to do our best to win every match. All the players in the squad are really good, but I get on great with Kessié and we showed that we can work well together. We were unlucky, conceding the goal in the final minutes, but the team played a lot better and we’re determined to win the next match.
“The match against Roma? We’re ready, we’re ready for every game. Ready to fight, fight until the final second of the match. It will be a difficult but beautiful game.”