Goalscorer Samu Castillejo was delighted to see AC Milan get back to winning ways in their fight for a Europa League spot.
Milan put relegation battlers Lecce to the sword on Monday night as they ran out 4-1 winners at the Stadio Via del Mare. The Rossoneri were wasteful in the opening 45 minutes and had Castillejo’s neat finish to thank as they went in one up at the break, but Mario Mancosu’s penalty early in the second half pegged Stefano Pioli’s side back.
Nonetheless, Milan for once showed their ruthless edge scoring twice in three minutes before the hour mark, first through Giacomo Bonaventura’s instinctive finish and then when Ante Rebic finished a 1-on-1 perfectly.
Speaking to MilanTV, Castillejo reflected upon the game and an important win which takes the Diavolo back level on points with Napoli, admitting the team should have scored more.
“We have been clinical and it is a feature that we missed during the season,” he said (via MilanNews).
Today was an important and positive victory in this sense. We could also have done more considering the many opportunities. I am very happy for the team’s performance.
“It was important to react immediately after the penalty. We did well with Jack to show that he wanted to win this game.”
One player who stood out was Hakan Calhanoglu, and he was named man of the match in our player ratings, drawing praise from Castillejo.
“Hakan has a great quality ball and chain. He works a lot, is a complete player and has everything to be a top player in this AC Milan,” the Spaniard said.
On the match against Roma: “We have to improve in many things. With this attitude however, by running together and playing with sacrifice for the team we can make a good performance.”