Milan came away with all three points against Benevento this evening, despite Sandro Tonali getting sent off after just 35 minutes. Simon Kjaer made his long-awaited comeback, having recovered from his injury.
The Dane played well and looked like his usual self, scoring a 7/10 in our player ratings. He was taken off with ten minutes to go and replaced by Pierre Kalulu, who has been playing alongside Alessio Romagnoli in the last few games.
In an interview with MilanTV, as cited by MilanNews, Kjaer assured that it wasn’t due to an injury but rather simply tiredness. As Milan will take on Juventus at the San Siro on Wednesday evening, they will want the former Atalanta man there.
On his condition: “I’m fine, I was just a little tired after a period out. The important thing is that we won but on the pitch, I felt very good.”
On the match: “We have an important spirit. Today was a difficult game because Benevento are playing well. We believe in it even in difficult moments and we are always positive.”
On Leao: “Rafa has to be mentally good. You can always improve on the aspects of the game. He is a golden boy who is slowly growing. In the last few months, he has grown a lot and he knows that he can never go back. He must always look forward and never back. Today he has sacrificed a lot, he ran a lot and he knows he has to do this too.”
On the team spirit: “We have left an important image that we can win every game. There are no other teams stronger than us. We have to face every game as a final and face it as best we can, always trying to improve. Now we have to recover.”
Without Kjaer, Milan have kept no clean sheets this season while with him, they have kept five of them. This shows just how important the centre-back is for the team and tonight’s clean sheet wasn’t just a coincidence.