Davide Calabria spoke to MilanTV ahead of Monday’s match against Lazio on Monday evening, saying ‘we are Milan and the goal is always to win them all’.
Milan have made life very difficult for themselves over the past weeks as they’ve been dropping points and are now only 3 points above 5th-placed Napoli.
On Monday (20:45 CET kickoff) they have a crucial game against Lazio which they absolutely have to win. Coach Pioli will be able to count on Calabria for that match, as the fullback has recovered from a knee surgery.
“I’ve worked really hard, every morning and night for a month to try to return as soon as possible because the important of the season is just starting and I wanted to return in the best condition possible,” Calabria told MilanTV in an interview ahead of the game.
“My performance against Sassuolo? I’m happy with the work I’ve done, I tried to stay focused on the match and I felt pretty good although I’m lacking a bit of sharpness over long distances but that’s normal after an injury and surgery. I focused mainly on their attack, because they have good forwards, and it’s what the Coach asked of me. Clearly, I tried to manage my energy levels more than usual because I hadn’t played a full game in a while.
“The renewal of Ibra? Milan is trying to return to the top. Ibrahimović has helped the team a lot so I think that him staying with us is crucial for the team’s future. He manages to instill in us a sense of belonging and his worth ethic. I think that was what the Club directors were mainly thinking about. He’s given us a lot and can give us even more. His renewal is a strong message. The team and I are focused on the final run-in, we’re thinking about these final games rather than next season but it was a good signal following a poor day for everyone.
“The calendar? I don’t buy into the ‘tough’ fixtures thing, all matches are tough because Serie A is always difficult, and there are no easy games. You have to be able to set them upright, that’s something we should have done better last time out. If you start a game right, it’s easier to kill it off. They’re clearly difficult games, with direct clashes for the Champions League spots, but our fate is in our hands. That’s something we didn’t have in previous years, which is why it’s crucial to focus all our energy until the final minute of the season to make our dream come true.
“The standings? We have to focus and think positive until the end, there’s very little left to do and it would be foolish to throw it all away now. We have to believe because I think this team has the potential, as it’s shown so far, to be near the top until the end and deserve to be here. We’re going to work hard until the end to finish where we are.
“What went wrong against Sassuolo? There are different games inside a match, it’s normal for substitutions to impact things, and they should do so positively for all teams because it’s a positive thing. Unfortunately for us, theirs came on well. We should have sealed the game earlier, we should have been more precise in the final meters, more decisive, because we had the chances to kill off the match earlier. Sassuolo allowed us to counterattack a lot which we all should have made more of. We must learn from this match going forward, because we can’t afford any more missteps. It’s going to be a struggle until the final minute, every team is aiming to finish as high as possible and we need to think in these terms.
“The team? I believe we’re a great team, we have potential, we’ve shown we are united up to now and we’ve had some important performances, we’ve been playing well for over a year. You can see that on the field and in the standings, so we must believe we can win all our games. We are Milan and the goal is always to win them all, Lazio is a great team fighting for our same objective, they’re in a good moment and it won’t be easy. They have great players in their squad, but I don’t think we are inferior in any way. We must prove we are worthy of Milan and we have to fight tooth and nail to reach our objective.”