Alessandro Florenzi spoke after Milan’s win over Hellas Verona.
With Pierre Kalulu, Davide Calabria and Theo Hernández all unavailable, Florenzi got a starting role today as Milan took on Verona at Stadio San Siro.
The 32-year-old had a good game in the left wing-back role, as the Diavolo played 3-4-3, and after the match Stefano Pioli called Florenzi “a leader“.
The Rossoneri returned to winning ways with a goal from Rafael Leão (8′) who was wearing the Captain’s armband. This win came after the 5-1 Derby thrashing and the bad 0-0 draw against Newcastle, after which the media heavily criticized Milan.
“Criticism is part of the game, we simply must not listen to it and go our own path and with our own ideas,” Florenzi told DAZN after the match. “We competed well and achieved the objective. Let’s move on, there are still many games before the break.”
How do you feel?
“I, like the whole team, feel we are a part of an important group. Part of a group that doesn’t have to give up if you don’t play 2-3 games: you stay on the bench and support the team. I think this is the real key to moving forward in life and in football.”
The Captain’s armband went to Leão…
“I think it was good for him. Hopefully the Captain and the vice-Captain can return soon, we are all needed here. But Rafa played one of his games today, without more or less. He is a smart guy, he knows when he makes mistakes. It’s enough for us that he is happy, that’s the most important thing.”
What do you think of the schedule?
“There are so many games, we have to be ready for anything. We have to be a team.”
What did you say to Bartesaghi?
“He is a strong player. For sure he must have been excited, he didn’t come in like all the debutants who maybe come in at 4-0 or 5-0. He came on in a tight, real game. He has great qualities, he did well. I congratulate him.”