Kjaer insists the ‘important thing was to win’ in expletive assessment of Milan’s defensive display

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan centre-back Simon Kjaer was happy that the team were able to get all three points against Genoa, but bemoaned the fact he was unable to score again.

The Rossoneri did not make life easy for themselves as they struggled over the line at San Siro again. Ante Rebic gave Milan the lead early on with a fantastic half volley, but the visitors levelled through Mattia Destro. However, an own-goal from Gianluca Scamacca ensured that Milan stay second for another week.

Kjaer was interviewed by DAZN at the end of the game and discussed the performance and result, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews.

“Three points but it counts much more. Seven games without winning here is not normal for us, an important victory. We suffered a little we had to close it first. We showed a good step forward compared to the other matches,” he said.

With minutes remaining, Genoa could have twice levelled. A cross from Masiello was dropped by Donnarumma, giving Pandev a chance to fire into an almost unguarded net but Kjaer cleared off the line. The ball rebounded back to Behrami, but then Tomori was on hand to heroically block too.

Kjaer also spurned a huge chance for the Diavolo as he headed wide of the far post in what would have been a very similar goal to Destro’s equaliser had it gone in.

On the save on the line and the missed chance, he said: “I prefer to score the goal rather than these saves. It is close, I do not know how many times I hit the bar. In the end, the important thing was to win.”

On the clean sheet: “Excuse the word, but in many matches we conceded sh**ty goals, even today. We conceded a goal that we must not concede. Sometimes it is like this, then sometimes luck is with you. The important thing is to win, there is always something to improve. Now 7 finals, we must reach as high as possible and bring Milan back to where it deserves.”


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