Inter Milan midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists that qualification to the Champions League final isn’t secured just yet despite taking a significant advantage in the first leg of the semifinals against AC Milan.
The Nerazzurri launched a stunning early onslaught that saw them score twice in the first 11 minutes. Edin Dzeko’s volley broke the deadlock, and Mkhitaryan doubled the lead after finding himself 0ne-on-one against Rossoneri goalkeeper Mike Maignan.
While Simone Inzaghi’s men could have added more goals in the first half, the result remained unchanged until the final whistle.
At the end of the match, the Armenian midfielder was recognized by the competition’s organizers as the MVP of the first leg.
The 34-year-old thanked his Inter Milan teammates after receiving the accolade, crediting them for the 2-0 victory.
Nonetheless, Mkhitaryan warns that the qualification to the final hasn’t been sealed just yet, so his team must put on a similarly solid display in next week’s second leg.
“From the first minute, we had the desire to win. We scored two goals in the first half, then we managed the match in the second period,” said the former Roma, Arsenal and Man United player in his post-match interview with Prime Video via FcInterNews.
“Great credit to my teammates but it’s not over yet, we need to prepare as best we can for the second leg which will be at our home.
“There is some regret [regarding missed chances], but we have to be satisfied with the two goals.”
The Nerazzurri will be the official hosts of the second leg which will take place at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium next Tuesday.