After AC Milan’s victory against Newcastle United at St James’ Park, Geoffrey Moncada spoke about the impact of the summer signings on the game and his immediate thoughts following a nearly historic night.
Milan’s game against Newcastle went how the Rossoneri needed it to. Although, the same cannot be said about the fixture between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain. The result at the Signal Iduna Park means the Italian outfit will continue in Europe, but only in the Europa League.
There are, of course, financial implications as a result of this. However, this will be dealt with in the relevant time frame. The immediate facts are this. Milan’s summer additions, Noah Okafor and Samuel Chukwueze, proved their worth due to their combination for the winner.
In addition, the Diavolo showed their willpower and earned a result. They withstood the pressure and then fought back to win. Whilst there are negatives attached to the night, for now, Milan can look at the successes and the road ahead and hope that the near-miracle on Tyneside can kick-start their revival in Serie A and push them to greatness in the Europa League.
Following the match at St James’ Park, Geoffrey Moncada spoke to MilanTV and his comments were relayed by MilanNews.
Immediate thoughts following the game…
“It’s a pity because we were really close to passing the round; it was important for us. We got eight points like PSG. Maybe we had to do better in the first two games where we made some mistakes.
“Now we have to come back strong in the league. It’s really a pity about the Champions League because we were very close to it…”
Milan’s new additions impressed against Newcastle…
“We saw that this group has the right spirit. There were some good changes, the coach made some good changes and they came in well straight away.
“Okafor came in well, Jovic has been doing interesting things for five games. Chukwueze? I’m happy for him because he’s a good guy who works hard and I’m sure the future will be good for him.”
How does Milan move forward from here?
“We have to get our defenders back. We beat a Premier League team playing with a left-back in the central defensive role. When we have a full squad I think we will return to the level we saw in August and September.”
Europa League football…
“We have to think only positive because we are staying in Europe. We have to think only of doing well in this competition because it’s a good competition, we have to play well in it.”
A word to the fans?
“Our fans are always present and strong, I am very happy with them. We want and need to do something more for them, we have to. Definitely.”