After grabbing a commanding 3-0 lead thanks to goals by Mario Balotelli, Giacomo Bonaventura and Cristian Zapata, Milan gave the fans a scare but managed to hold on to seal a 3-2 victory away at the Stadio Friuli. After the match, Alessio Romagnoli and Cristian Zapata spoke about the performance
The Rossoneri hit the ground running early in this Tuesday Serie A fixture against Udinese. Mario Balotelli, in his first start this season, opened the scoreline with a superbly taken free kick on the edge of the box. Bonaventura doubled the lead with a goal of his own before the Colombian Cristian Zapata added a third.
Milan headed into the break up 3-0 and it looked all but certain that Mihajlovic would depart the Stadio Friuli with a two match win streak in his pocket. However, Emanuel Badu and Duvan Zapata grabbed two back for Udinese, making Milan sweat until the final whistle.
Milan managed to hold on to take all three points in a shaky 3-2 win over bottom of the table Udinese. After the match, many players addressed the media, sharing their thoughts on Balotelli’s performance and the frightening second half.
Alessio Romagnoli praised his club despite the second half struggles in the back. Romagnoli, according to acmilan.com:
“We played very well in defence and I mean everyone. Cristian got himself on the score-sheet, Alex did well when he came on, Calabria showed he has great character and De Sciglio had a good game. We all played well, even if we did concede two goals that could have been avoided and it’s something we have to work on. We started the second half with the intention of scoring a fourth goal, but Badu’s goal was a setback. After we conceded the second goal we switched on again and we managed to come away with the win. We know we can hold our own with anyone. You can see the hand of the coach and we’re improving. Balotelli was brilliant, battling, holding up the ball and he scored a sublime goal. I am focused on doing well for Milan.”
Cristian Zapata, who scored the third goal for Milan, was also proud of his teammates but admitted that their were issues that led to the two goals. Zapata:
“I am happy about the result and happy about scoring tonight. It’s a shame about the second half, but I’m pleased with the team’s overall performance. I feel fantastic at the moment thanks to all the confidence the coach is giving me. For this reason I am focused and sharp out on the pitch. I hope I can keep it going and keep doing well for Milan. Mario is playing well. Initially we didn’t know how to set-up at the back after the substitution between Calabria-Alex and it created a bit of confusion and we conceded those goals.”
Romagnoli and Zapata has been the preferred center back tandem for Mihajlovic this season, with the two proving more than worthy of the starting spots. Their importance is clear.