Ciprian Tătăruşanu proved once again to be decisive as Milan got a 1-1 draw against Inter on Sunday night.
Milan remain unbeaten in Serie A, also after last night’s Derby della Madonnina and they have Tătăruşanu to thank.
After 10 minutes, Inter were given a penalty – taken by Hakan Çalhanoğlu, who scored to make it 1-0. In the 16′ minute, Stefan de Vrij headed into his own net to equalize the score.
In the 25′ minute, Fodé Ballo-Touré fouled Matteo Darmian inside the box and Lautaro Martínez took the shot. Tătăruşanu read the shot perfectly and made an incredible save to keep it 1-1. This result was kept until the final whistle, with both the Rossoneri and the Nerazzurri missing their chances to win the game.
“The game started badly for us, but we proved to be a united team. I’m happy to have been able to save this penalty, which allowed us to maintain the result in a key moment. In the end, the draw is the right result. It’s always nice to save a penalty, in the Derby it’s even more important and this is the best one of my career, even though I have saved many,” the Romanian said to Sky.
“Was the penalty save a result of studying the opponent or intuition? We studied Lautaro very well with the staff, as he is the first choice penalty taker I’m happy. We also studied Çalhanoğlu, but he knew me as all [laughs]! I do everything I can to continue like this,” Tata told DAZN.
“My relationship with Maignan? Mike celebrated because he knows what it means for a goalkeeper to save a penalty. We get along very well, since he arrived at Milan, I tried to help him settle, especially as I speak French and it was not easy for him to change country and league. He had a great start to the season, then got injured, I have always trained hard to be ready when the club needed me and the opportunity came, and I’m happy to play at these levels.”
Speaking to MilanTV, the Romanian said: “We can say it was my most important penalty save: two such great teams, in such a crucial moment and it was a difficult save because Lautaro took it well. I’m happy with the save and I hope to continue playing well.
“For a goalkeeper who doesn’t play much, training is very important. Our goalkeeping coaches do a great job, today we studied Lautaro a lot and the credit for the save goes to everyone. I don’t know if there can be a bigger confidence boost.”