Matteo Gabbia spoke to MilanTV after the Rossoneri suffered a defeat against Zalaegerszegi TE.
The Serie A season starts in 3 weeks from today, and this Saturday the Diavolo took on Zalaegerszegi TE for a friendly.
After less than 30 minutes, Milan found themselves 3-0 behind with Meshack Ubochioma (2′), Attila Mocsi (25′) and Mátyás Tajti (27′) showing their great finishing touch. Olivier Giroud (30′ pk) pulled one back in the first half while Rade Krunić (86′) made it 3-2 after coach Stefano Pioli introduced 10 subs in the 60′ minute, bringing on many of last year’s starters for their first pre-season match.
The only player who completed 90 minutes was Matteo Gabbia, as he played in defense alongside Pierre Kalulu and then Fikayo Tomori. After the game, he spoke to MilanTV:
“We are disappointed with the result. For us, it isn’t of secondary importance. We are disappointed. We definitely wanted to win because this is our mentality right now. We’ve put in the work to gain this kind of mentality so whenever we don’t win, it annoys us. In the next few days, we’ll work to try to do better, improve our fitness levels, find more of a spark, and ensure that we’re in the best possible shape going into our next friendly and the upcoming campaign.”
On his condition: “I feel good. I haven’t reached peak fitness levels but I’m happy with my physical shape and how things have been going in the past 20 days. I’m also pleased that the Coach has been giving me opportunities to get to grips with the pitch, to gain confidence, to gain awareness through these minutes on the pitch and, at the same time, improve my condition, so I’m happy. In the next few friendlies, I hope I get as much playing time as possible.
On the upcoming Austria training camp: “We will be spending four days together and it’ll involve training, improving, being a group. I have no doubt that it will be useful. We’re a bunch of guys who get on well, who train well together, who have a great spirit and we’ll try to create something positive and special this season, too.”