AC Milan defeated Empoli 4-1 away from home on Saturday night.
Milan Striker Gianluca Lapadula scored his first Serie A brace in the win. After the match, Lapadula spoke to Premium Sport.
“I regret missing the chance I had in the first minutes. I’m happy for the victory and for the goals. I’ve always been a good runner getting in front and tonight I also found goals and quality, but there is much to improve on.”
Lapadula answered the question of if the Italy national team call-up motivated him:
“I believe that the national team was an extra motivation. Eighteen months ago I was in Lega Pro at Teramo, and now I’m on the national team, so I have to do well on the pitch at Milan.”
Premium Sport asked the striker if there is a change in the hierarchy of the attack:
“It’s not for me to say. I don’t feel like a reserve player. I want to prove I can do well and then the decision is up to the coach.”
Lapadula responded to a question, which asked if being the number 9 was taboo:
“I’m not superstitious, it’s another incentive to do well.”
Lapadula scored many goals for Pescara, so it remains to be seen how many he will score for AC Milan in the top flight. Premium Sport asked the player how many goals he thinks he can score in his first year in the Serie A.
“I’ve never set a fixed number. I always have the will to take the field to give it my all and through this, score goals.”
The striker then answered the question of the role in which he finds himself most comfortable:
“Last year was my first year as first striker. In Teramo I played as a second striker. I am comfortable playing with two strikers, but last year I beat my goal record. Any role is fine.”
Lapadula has scored three goals in eight appearances thus far for Milan.
As of Saturday night, Milan sits in second place in the Serie A with 29 points.