Yacine Adli has admitted that there were some difficult moments for him personally while he wasn’t playing much, but relished his first start in nearly a year.
It was not the best first season at Milan for Adli after his loan spell back at Bordeaux because although he stayed patient and tried to earn a spot, he got just one start in the league throughout the entire campaign.
Tonight, the Franco-Algerian got his first start since an away match against Hellas Verona 346 days ago and he certainly did well, earning a score among the best on the field in our ratings.
With Rade Krunic injured, Adli could well get more chances to impress at the base of the midfield. He spoke to Sky after the game to reflect on his first start of the season, and his comments were relayed by MilanPress.
How would you assess your debut for the season?
“I waited and dreamed about it, but it also took work and patience, which I had. I have always given everything for this moment, but this is just one match, now I want more, I want to show that I am there.”
What is your best role?
“In my career I have played everywhere, so the change of position suits me. When the coach asked me, I told him to put me where he wants, for this shirt I would also play full-back.”
Was it difficult when you weren’t playing much?
“There were difficult moments, because like every player I wanted to play, I tried to find happiness in another way. I’ve always tried to help, I get along well with other players and the staff.
“The first day the coach told me that I wouldn’t play much. Tomori asked me what I would do and I replied: ‘I’ll stay here and you’ll see how I play’.”