Sunday December 15 2019
De Zerbi: 'We ruined Milan's party'

Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi is glad they ripped up the script for Milan's 120th birthday celebrations. "We were supposed to be sacrificial lambs.”

The Neroverdi held Milan to a goalless draw on a day when the stadium was packed with former glories.

“In the first part of the second half we crushed Milan, and we played really well. Then we started to suffer, for various reasons: it can be our own fault, but credit must also be given to the opposition," said De Zerbi in his press conference.

“We were here to be the sacrificial lambs for the party today: the 120th birthday of Milan, the 60,000 fans, the parade of the stars, but we weren’t going to take that role.”

Sassuolo could’ve even won the game had they not been wasteful in front of goal.

“[Filip] Djuricic and [Jeremie] Boga made wrong choices in front of goal. Domenico Berardi was good, but so was Gianluca Pegolo, Marlon, Manuel Locatelli and others. Now we focus on Brescia.”

Sassuolo have gone through a hard time as of late, with the club’s owner (and passionate Milan supporter) Giorgio Squinzi passing away in October, and his wife Adriana dying six weeks later.

“The brothers came before the game to wish us good luck. Everyone likes it when they are close to us and when they come to say hello. The point earned today is dedicated to them.”

The Neroverdi are 13th in Serie A.

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