AC Milan winger Samu Castillejo has admitted that he and his team-mates will miss Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but that the focus is on a European spot.
Serie A is finally back after a three month layoff, with Milan looking to compound the misery of relegation-battling Lecce and continue their own fight for a top seven finish.
Last time we saw the Rossoneri they were beaten 2-1 at San Siro by another relegation candidate in Genoa but plenty has happened since then, including a brave yet ultimately disappointing loss on away goals in the Coppa Italia against Juventus.
Milan currently sit in 8th place in the standings, three points off of the final Europa League spot but very comfortably adrift of Champions league qualification.
Castillejo was interviewed by Sky Italia before the game against Lecce, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.
On the game and on the season: “There is a great desire, 12 finals are missing to reach the goal that is Europe. Today is the first final, we want to bring the three points home.”
On Zlatan’s injury: “Ibra’s absence will be felt, it won’t be easy. But there is a lot of confidence and we can do very well.”