Brahim Díaz was ‘overjoyed’ after his super goal against Juventus, and he explained that he always wanted to celebrate by taking his shirt off.
Milan beat Juventus 2-0 today at San Siro, getting 3 huge points in Serie A just days after losing heavily 3-0 to Chelsea.
The first goal was scored by Fik Tomori in the 45+1′ minute, but Brahim Díaz, who was preferred in the line-up over Charles De Ketelaere and played the match as a right winger as opposed to his usual trequartista role, put the exclamation point on the Milan win in the 54′ minute with an incredible solo effort, beating several Juventus players on the run and then having the composure to put the ball past Wojciech Szczęsny.
“I am very happy because we won and that’s what matters the most,” he told MilanTV after the match. “It’s always nice to score a goal here at San Siro in front of our fans, but the most important thing is winning. It was an important game and we put in a good performance.”
On another big goal against Juve: “Juventus are a great team and it’s always nice to score against any team. It’s always a nice feeling to score against any team [smiles], even better to do so San Siro.”
On what changes between playing behind the striker and on the wing: “I think when I play wide as I did today, I have more 1v1 occasions. Even during the 2v1 situations, I had Kalulu covering for me behind and in the center of play I have the chance to be quicker. I have more players on me and less space to maneuver but I’m happy playing in both positions. I’m happy when I play and it’s important for a player, it’s always a nice feeling.”
On what went into your head after Chelsea: “It’s simple, we played ‘da Milan’; this is Milan and this is what we have to do in every game which is what we did today. We prepared for the game well and the whole squad was focused. This is what matters, today we played worthy of Milan.
On what is Milan for you: “I feel like a fan too when I’m here at the stadium. The fans make me ecstatic because they always support us and this makes you become one of them. When we play, we play with Milan in our hearts.”
Speaking to Sky Italia, Brahim said: “I always want to help the team. The goal is important for me and for the team, I’m very happy especially for the team’s performance and for the three points. The Coach always prepares well for the game. We won and this is the important thing.”
On why he celebrated his goal like he did: “There isn’t anything in particular. As a kid I saw players do this and I wanted to do it. Rafa put me up there [on his shoulders] and I’d never felt so tall! I feel the #10 shirt is really mine now. I was so happy and emotional after the goal.”
On the relationship with his teammates: “They love me and I love them too. It’s a very close team, we train every day and we always see each other. I’m a ‘bravo ragazzo’ [laughs].”
On the new position on the pitch: “I always like it when I play, like all players. I want to play where the Coach puts me, of course I had never played that wide; I had played on the wing but never like that. But the coach put me there and I wanted to do everything I could to help the team. I’m happy where the Coach puts me.”
On staying at Milan for another year: “I’m very happy here at Milan. They want well for me, now I’m here and I want to do everything to help the team and make the fans happy.”
On what his old teammates at Manchester City will say: “They will certainly be happy with this goal. We’d been through together a lot at Man City, they are incredible players and we talk every now and now.”
The Spaniard also had an interview with DAZN: “The right wing? I want to play. I play where the Coach puts me. We are a united team, we work a lot together and that is important.”
On the goal: “I am overjoyed, but especially for the 3 points that were important.”
On the yellow card for taking his shirt off after the goal: “As a kid I always wanted to celebrate by taking my shirt off. I was doing it last year against Spezia but then Calabria stopped me [smiles]!”
On scoring again against Juventus, like Tomori: “The most important thing is the 3 points. My teammates, joking after the game, told me that I should always play against Juventus. The most important thing however is the three points.”