Calhanoglu: “We made a mistake against SPAL, but today showed a great performance”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has revealed he has only suffered a knock to his calf and hopes to be back for Tuesday’s game against Juventus.

Milan inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Lazio on Saturday night, beating them 3-0 with an impressive performance.

The Rossoneri were dominant and professional from start to finish, controlling the game for large parts with an intense press and taking a deserved lead through Calhanoglu’s impressive strike.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled it from the penalty spot before Ante Rebic was able to add a third in the second half, while a couple of simple late chances were missed that could have made the scoreline even more severe.

Calhanoglu was forced off with an injury just after the Diavolo’s second goal, and he began his post-match interview by discussing the nature of his issue.

“It hurts a bit, I just got a knock to my calf and hope it will resolve itself quickly so I can play against Juventus,” he told DAZN (via Football Italia).

“We made a mistake against SPAL, but today showed a great performance. We’d started strong, showed heart and never let go. We’ve got to continue like this.

“We want to get back into the Europa League and it was fundamental to win against a strong Lazio side today. We’ve got to take it one game at a time.

“Tough fixtures are coming up against Juventus and Napoli, then we’ll see what happens.

“Ibrahimovic? He’s a wonderful person and helps with his attitude both on and off the field. We’re happy to play with him.”

The result moves Milan two points behind Roma in fifth place although the Giallorossi have a game in hand.

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