Theo Hernández: “The ball just wouldn’t go in, the referee exaggerated and made a number of mistakes that damaged us”

Theo Hernández during Milan-Sassuolo at Stadio San Siro on December 15, 2019. (

Theo Hernández has said Milan ‘were missing a goal’ and criticized the referee for his performance against Sassuolo.

After two wins away from home, Milan returned to San Siro but despite countless chances, they failed to beat Sassuolo.

Theo Hernández did find the back of the net but his goal was disallowed due to a handball from Franck Kessié in the build-up. The Diavolo returned home with just a single point and did not capitalize on the losses of Napoli and Atalanta.

“We were missing a goal, but we played really well. We grew into the game and would have deserved to win,” the left-back told MilanTV after the match. “But the ball just wouldn’t go in, there’s not much we can do about it, we have to continue working and improving.

“I don’t know about the handball, I didn’t see the incident clearly. The referee made things tough for us, he made a number of mistakes that damaged us. When that happens, it’s difficult to win games. The referee whistled too many fouls, many yellow cards were not correct, he should’ve given so many yellows. I think the referee exaggerated today: he didn’t handle the match well, but these things happen in football.

“We have been improving a lot, the wins against Parma and Bologna gave us a boost which we needed to keep improving. I think we showed that today. We give our soul in every game and we are very grateful to the fans who are always fantastic in their support. We need to continue working hard to win the next game.”

Theo Hernández’s shirt before Milan-Sassuolo at Stadio San Siro on December 15, 2019. (

Speaking in the mixed-zone, Theo said: “It was a complicated game, Sassuolo played well. We are working to grow and improve, we need to calm in view of the next game. The cancelled goal? I think it was an involuntary intervention by Kessié, the referee whistled for a hand ball, it’s OK…

“Being suspended against Atalanta [due to the yellow card he was given today; Paquetá is banned too]? I’m sorry not to be there but I’ll try to encourage the teammates to try and win this game.”

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