Tuesday September 24 2019
Donnarumma: 'Honour to partner Balotelli'

Alfredo Donnarumma was “proud” of Brescia’s performance against Juventus and said it’s “an honour” to partner Mario Balotelli.

The 28-year-old striker has made a huge impression in his debut Serie A season, bending back Wojciech Szczesny’s gloves to score within four minutes today, his fourth goal in five games.

However, a Chancellor own goal and Miralem Pjanic volley turned it around for the 2-1 Juve victory.

“It’s not easy to hold out against a side like this for 90 minutes. They can score against you with any goal or moment out of nothing,” Donnarumma told DAZN.

“We played well, kept the game open until the final minute and should be proud of what we did. We’re on the right track if we keep playing like this.

“We changed the system a little after the break, moving to three at the back to contain their push down the flanks. Once they took control of possession and started piling on the pressure, it became tougher and we went too deep.”

This was the first game for Balotelli, who has completed his four-match ban and started with Donnarumma and Romulo.

“We work hard on the tactical aspects, Mario is accustomed to different movements, so we communicate a lot on our movements off the ball.

“Playing alongside him is an honour for me and I am sure we’ll get stronger as partners going forward.”

Donnarumma also revealed to DAZN that he asked Gonzalo Higuain to swap jerseys at half-time.

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