Mihajlovic: “Thanks to the players and fans”

By Alex Viola -

Antonelli saved Milan’s blemishes yesterday against Torino. The result extends their unbeaten Serie A streak to five wins and four draws, going nine without defeat.

“We knew this was going to be a very difficult game. At the end we deserved the victory, even if we suffered too much,” Sinisa Mihajlovic said to Sky Sport Italia.

The Serbian spoke about the match:

“What was fundamental was the correct attitude, everyone ready to fight hard and work for the result. If we want to climb up the standings, we have to continue like this. We had lots of chances to finish the game off earlier and knew Torino defenders always wanted to play the ball. The strikers do a lot of dirty work and that tires them out in front of goal, but our forwards are our first defenders and I am happy with them.”

“Over the next three matchdays, we’ll find out if we can really fight for third place or not. I believe and so do the lads.”

Honda strikes the bar with a free kick. | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Honda strikes the bar with a free kick. | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

“We work in training to make sure every individual knows what they are supposed to be doing when in possession and off the ball.”

“It is important we have a team that stays in the game, keeps cool and doesn’t get frightened. This is why the results come.”

“We had to be wary of Torino’s counterattacks, so someone always had to stay back from midfield, Juraj Kucka or Andrea Bertolacci, to help out. It’s hard work to chase them down. Bertolacci has often criticised, but had a lot of injuries and will be fundamental.”

The left-footed magician spoke of the bargain of the summer; Juraj Kucka for €3 million.

Kucka on one of his many darting runs. | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Kucka on one of his many darting runs. | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

“We must compliment Adriano Galliani, because we signed Kucka for just €3m.”

“We still have to improve everything. We had more opportunities to finish the game and didn’t take them, that is the main thing we’re missing.”

The players praised Mihajlovic and there were reassuring banners in the Curva Sud.

“I always want to thank the players and the fans, because the team deserve those banners and I’m pleased the crowd is happy with our performances and results.”

“I was always calm. I knew hard work would pay off. Let’s continue like this, then at the end of the season we’ll see where we are and draw some conclusions.”

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