Milan’s Spanish winger Suso has enjoyed a bright start to pre-season under new manager Montella, after returning from Genoa. He spent the second half of the season on loan there, after playing just one match and 54 minutes under Mihajlovic.
The Spaniard answered a few questions from Italian sports newspaper, La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
The player who’s birth name is Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáenz de la Torre, (yeah Suso is way easier) began by hoping this season will be his.
“I hope this year will be mine. I feel that this year is different, because I have improved. I’m working very hard, because I understand that this is a decisive moment in my career.”
“Although we are at the beginning of the season, I am happy to know that I’m the team’s top scorer (in this current pre-season).”
Suso then spoke on the managers he has worked with.
“When I arrived in 2015 I wasn’t well physically, and I had to adapt. Also, Inzaghi left me out a bit. I never asked Mihajlovic about anything. He never gave me any explanations. With Mihajlovic, I used to train well but never played.”
As mentioned earlier, he was loaned out to Genoa in January, here are his thoughts from his time there:
“I went to Genoa to prove to everybody, including myself, that I deserve to wear the Milan shirt. I have the qualities to do so. Gasperini is a great coach and I liked him a lot.”
Montella seems to have a new fan in Suso:
“Montella’s playing style is perfect for me. He loves to keep ball possession which is an important philosophy for a club like Milan. If we keep the ball under our feet it will become difficult for the opponent. I like him because he is very Spanish in this aspect. I just need trust and continuity. I only ask to play as much minutes as possible and with Montella I feel my moment is arriving.”
The 22 year-old is showing a desire to do well and gives thanks to his former club, Liverpool.
“I have always said that I want this club (Milan), my desire is to stay and do something important. Enough with the loans. Do I regret leaving Liverpool? It was a special place. I was young when I arrived there, it seemed like a dream to me. If I am at Milan now it’s thanks to Liverpool. However, I made the right choice coming to Italy, and Milan.”
The level of Serie A has decreased a lot in the last few years, but Suso still thinks it is a top league.
“Serie A is not a low-level competition but it’s difficult, especially for an attacker. Serie A is the most difficult league in Europe, just look at what happend in the Euros.”
He was then asked about the the best current player is, Messi or Ronaldo? This is such a popular debate, even among people who don’t like football.
“Messi is the real phenomenon. He is the player who inspires me. I also like Eden Hazard of Chelsea a lot.”
“I see the goal well. I might stay 10 minutes without touching the ball, but if I get it how and where I should, it’s a goal. I have to improve my consistency during the same game. I want to be in the thick of the action during the entire game.”
“It doesn’t worry me that I have only scored in friendlies. If I don’t score and the team wins it’s fine. It’s enough for me to have consistency. My goal is to be a firm point for Milan.”