AC Milan defender Theo Hernandez has expressed his delight at netting the decisive late goal in Sunday’s narrow 1-0 win over Parma.
The Rossoneri were comfortably the better team at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in wet conditions, but were wasteful in the final third and it looked as though they would have to settle for a draw.
However, with just two minutes of normal time remaining the Frenchman reacted quickest to a rebound from a Giacomo Bonaventura shot, firing past Luigi Sepe in the Parma goal to send the 3,500 travelling fans into raptures.
The result means that Milan have moved into 11th place in the table, level on points with Torino in 10th and eight points away from the European places.
Hernandez was interviewed by Sky Italia after the game, and reflected on scoring his first match-winning goal for the team.
“I am very happy for the goal, we played a great game, we must continue to work. Now there are other very important matches and we must continue to do well,” he said (via MilanNews.it).
“I am happy to stay here at Milan, I am happy that the coach is giving me confidence, I also thank the fans for their support.”
Hernandez was then asked again about the role that Paolo Maldini had in bringing him to the club.
“It was a nice conversation, he convinced me to go to Milan. I can’t tell you what we said.
“When I was at Real I was fine but I didn’t play, I needed to play. When I saw that Maldini gave me confidence, one of the strongest players in history, I didn’t think twice.”
He also spoke to Milan TV, and heaped praise upon full-back partner Andrea Conti.
“He had a great game. He’s a good player, I’m happy for him. I want to thank the fans for their great support,” he said (via MN).