Gianluigi Donnarumma wanted to beat Atalanta but claimed ‘now were are more of a team’ after wearing the Captain’s armband at San Siro last night.
Following Alessio Romagnoli’s injury in the game against Sassuolo, the Captain’s armband was given to 21-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma to wear during the difficult match against Atalanta.
Gigio was instrumental in the game as he managed to stop a penalty and stopped Atalanta, who have scored the most goals in Serie A this season, from scoring multiple times. In the end the spoils were shared, with Hakan Çalhanoğlu (14′) and Duván Zapata (34′) on the scoresheet.
“We knew that we were playing against a great team,” Donnarumma told Sky Sport Italia. “We wanted to win at all costs but that’s OK… Now were are more of a team, more compact, we know all the roles to be in. We’ve done a great job, it’s too bad for the point but that’s OK too.
“The Captain’s armband? I’m really sorry for [the injured] Alessio who is a friend and a great captain. I hope he can return soon as he gives us a great hand. It’s a pride to wear this armband. The penalty? Fortunately I saved it. Fifth place? Our objective is to finish fifth. We will play for it to the end. We’ll play two more finals and we must win both of them.”
When the season ends, Donnarumma and his agent, Mino Raiola, will have to sit with the Milan management to negotiate for a new contract. The desire to continue together exists on both sides.