Milan players all say the same about Anfield atmosphere in Liverpool post-match interviews
AC Milan captain Davide Calabria admitted his side clashed with a ‘formidable’ Liverpool side on Wednesday night.
The Italian side briefly appeared to have staged a highly unlikely comeback, as they resisted pressure from Jurgen Klopp’s side, before taking a remarkable 2-1 lead before half-time.
Despite their historic European pedigree, the match against Liverpool was Milan’s first in the Champions League since 2014.
However, although the Rossoneri provided a stern test, Calabria explained how the meeting against the Reds at Anfield came as a shock to their most inexperienced team.
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“Liverpool started off very strong, you can see they are used to a different pace and are one of the best teams in the world, with great players in all areas,” he said. would have told Sky Italia.
“In an atmosphere like this, the first time Milan were in the Champions League in seven years and the first time a lot of us were in the Champions League, against one of the best teams in the world, I would say that we did very well. to turn things around and score two goals here.
“It was a tough game and almost like several games in one. We weren’t afraid, we were just struggling to get the hang of it.
“We did it and turned the game around, but we made some mistakes and should have been more focused to avoid conceding those two goals.”
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Calabria also revealed the sense of pride he felt at being the man who led the club into the famous stadium for the first time in Milan history.
The two teams have met in two Champions League finals before, but never on any other occasion.
Growing up in Milan’s academic system, the 24-year-old full-back couldn’t hide his joy at wearing the armband against Liverpool.
“It was the dream of every child, especially for me, to lead the team in this football theater,” he admitted.
“It’s a shame for the result, but we hope to have more chances to prove ourselves this season.
Former Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz echoed his captain’s feelings when asked what he thought of the game.
The 22-year-old playmaker, on loan from Real Madrid, has made five league appearances in City shirts and also mentioned the Anfield crowd in his post-game interview .
“It was great and the atmosphere here is amazing,” he said.
“But now I’m just thinking about the game and I’m not happy because we lost. I’m very happy for the team because we played good football but I’m not very happy with the result.