Reina: “Mistakes can happen in football; I am proud to see the reaction of the lads”

By Oliver Fisher -

Pepe Reina was ‘proud’ of the reaction of his team-mates as they came from behind to beat Genoa 2-1 on Saturday night.

The Rossoneri halted a three-game losing streak at the Marassi in a dramatic encounter which included two penalties, two red cards and three goals.

Reina wasn’t meant to start the game but Donnarumma was taken ill in the warm-ups, and he has a moment to forget when Lasse Schone’s free-kick squirmed past him to give Genoa the lead.

Nonetheless, Marco Giampaolo’s side roared back in the second half, equalising through Theo Hernandez and going 2-1 up with Franck Kessie penalty.

However, Reina was the centre of attention again as he conceded a penalty in added time, but the Spaniard saved the spot kick to preserve all three points.

The former Liverpool man has admitted he channelled his vast experience to keep calm.

“After the mistake in the first half, experience helped me to stay concentrated on every detail and not let my head slip away from the game,” Reina told Milan TV, via Football Italia.

“I am proud to see the reaction of the lads, especially after our defeat to Fiorentina and a bad first half here. We never gave up, tried to turn it around and at the end bring home three very important points.

“We knew at the break that a goal would get us back into it. We just had to keep going. It’s not easy, as when there’s a lack of confidence, it can feel like the football is burning and you don’t want to be near it.

“Mistakes can happen, but we return home knowing we have given our all. The time will come when we feel more confident and the team will play better football.”


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