Defender Mateo Musacchio has stated that Milan ‘are only thinking about winning’ ahead of next week’s derby against Inter.
Musacchio was on top form for the Rossoneri on Sunday night, helping keep a clean sheet as Milan made it back-to-back wins in Serie A with a 1-0 victory against Hellas Verona.
Krzysztof Piatek got the decisive goal for Marco Giampaolo’s side as he tucked away a second half penalty, and later saw a goal ruled out through VAR for kicking the ball out of the keeper’s hands.
There were two red cards during the game in what was a feisty encounter; the first coming when home debutant Mariusz Stepinski went in over the top of the ball on Musacchio and was rightly given his marching orders.
The second sending off came in the final few seconds of the game when Davide Calabria was adjudged to have clotheslined Matteo Pessina on the edge of the box.
Nonetheless, Milan held out for a crucial three points ahead of next week’s litmus test, and Musacchio offered his thoughts on the win.
“We won, this is the important thing. It was not easy, they all put themselves behind the ball, it was not easy to find space,” he told MilanTV.
“It is very important [the defence], it is not just the work of the defenders, it is the work of the whole team.
On Calabria’s red card and the offside int he build-up, he added: “I have not seen, I have to watch it on TV.”
Finally, the Argentine looked ahead to the derby against Inter next weekend.
“It will be a special week, we want to play this game. They have a strong team but we will only think about winning, we know we can do it.”
📊 Mateo Musacchio vs. Hellas Verona:
🤝 97% passing accuracy
✅ 14 duels won
🚫 5 blocks
👊 3 clearances
❌ 6 interceptions
💪 7 tackles won
🏆 8/10 rating – Man of the Match
— MilanData📊 (@acmilandata) September 16, 2019
As per a tweet from AC Milan Brasil, Musacchio also discussed the alleged racist chanting from Hellas fans on Kessie.
“It’s amazing that there are still people who might have that kind of behaviour these days. It’s revolting.”
The journalist later asked if he thought those responsible would be punished. Musacchio laughed.