Abate: “This is the kind of game we used to lose”

By Oliver Fisher -


Ignazio Abate conceded that AC Milan’s 4-1 win in Empoli was a game that the team might have lost before, and praised the side for their second half showing.

A brace from Gianluca Lapadula saw the team on their way, and despite Riccardo Saponara’s first-half equaliser, Milan ran away with the game in the second half, including a goal from Suso and an own goal.

“It was a good performance and we showed great solidity,” Abate began. “It’s a really great show of maturity, as this is the kind of game we used to lose. We’ve got the right mentality now,” Abate told Mediaset Premium.

Lapadula the star as Milan cruise to win in Empoli | AFP Getty

“Empoli caused us problems, but we created many scoring opportunities. In the second half we played like a great team and killed off the match. We have improved in terms of quality coming out of defence and the belief that we are strong on a purely technical level.”

Milan moved second in the league table ahead of Roma’s game with Pescara tomorrow evening.

“This is the wrong time to look at the table, we’re not so stupid as to have forgotten the last three years weren’t up to our standards,” added the defender.

“We just need to keep our heads down and keep pushing. The Coach has done really well to isolate us from all negative thoughts and help us focus.”

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