Brahim Diaz has revealed that he has always felt the full confidence of Stefano Pioli and all those at AC Milan, which is now being reflected in his performances.
The 22-year-old arrived at Milan on an initial season-long loan deal from Real Madrid back in the summer of 2020 and although it took him a bit of time to adapt to Serie A, he made some key contributions late in the campaign.
That ultimately persuaded the management to bring him back on another loan deal – this time a two-year one – and he has already begun repaying their faith having netted three game-winning goals including on Saturday against Spezia.
Monday is the day of media duties before Milan take on Atletico Madrid in the second Champions League group stage game and, in addition to coach Pioli, Brahim Diaz also spoke at the press conference. His comments were conveyed by MilanNews.
Was your turning point the game against Juventus last season?
“I always feel the confidence of the coach and the club. That match I felt great, we all played well. I’m happy to have played that match well, but Pioli’s confidence was never lacking.”
You have become one of the leaders of Milan. Are they giving more confidence to young people in Italy than in other leagues?
“In Italy there are many talents who are taking off. I don’t think it’s just a trend in Italy. I feel my responsibility, but I can’t go anywhere alone, I always need the team.”
How do you live your new responsibilities?
“I try to do my best to help the team. This is the only thing that matters. We are a team, we are in a good moment and we want to continue like this.”
You come from Real Madrid, will tomorrow be a special match for you?
“Coming from Real Madrid is important, but I play for Milan and I’m here to give everything I have. Tomorrow we will play against Atletico Madrid, we want the three points, that’s the only thing that matters.”
What do you think of Atletico Madrid?
“They are a very strong team, they have excellent players. I don’t know if they are the best team in Spain, but they are very strong. They always fight until the end, they often score in the last minutes.”
Are you a very united group at Milan?
“As I said, we fight one for all and all for one. Each helps the others with what they do best. I believe there is an incredible harmony, we support each other, we are a family and following the mister we are playing very good games.
“Now we just need to improve, I am very happy with the responsibility I have and how my team-mates are helping me. I think everyone has their responsibilities, I don’t feel like a leader, I just try to help the team with all I’ve got.”