Andreazzoli congratulates ‘miraculous’ Milan goalkeeper Maignan

by | Mar 12, 2022 22:20

Empoli coach Aurelio Andreazzoli feels they would’ve scored against a ‘normal goalkeeper,’ but Mike Maignan performed a ‘miraculous’ save to give Milan the 1-0 victory.

The game was decided by a Pierre Kalulu strike, although Maignan also had to make some tough saves after the restart on Sebastiano Luperto and Nedim Bajrami.

“It was not our plan to be more passive in the first half,” Andreazzoli explained to Sky Sport Italia.

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“Sometimes it isn’t just up to you, but also what the opponents allow you to do. I wanted more precision passing our way out from the back, because that’s where we were lacking in the first half.

“I don’t know if the atmosphere of the Stadio Meazza affected the players or what, but we were more like ourselves in the second half. If Milan had a ‘normal’ goalkeeper, we would’ve scored at least a goal here. Instead, Maignan made a miraculous save and he did the same against us earlier this season, so congratulations to him.”

Empoli’s confidence is increasingly a problem, as they are now without a victory in 12 Serie A rounds and sliding dangerously back towards the relegation zone.

“We always try to play the same way, no matter who the opponent is. It doesn’t always work, but my lads come so close to chances and we don’t seem to grab them. I maintain we are on the right path and sooner or later there will be a victory.

“If you watched our games, you would not see a team that was lacking hunger. We fight to the end and I never had the sensation the team was resting on its laurels. We receive compliments for our performances, so we can’t be doing that badly.”

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