Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni was honored to don the captain’s armband in last night’s Champions League clash against RB Salzburg.
The Nerazzurri traveled to Austria for a European fixture and managed to return home with all three points.
This win saw the Italian giants clinch their place in the UCL round of 16. They currently have 10 points from four matchdays.
The Beneamata will be looking to seal the group’s top spot at Real Sociedad’s expense in the final two fixtures.
For his part, Bastoni was thrilled with the opportunity to wear the armband with club captain Lautaro Martinez starting on the bench.
“I’m happy on a personal level but above all for the team. It was an incredible honor to don the armband that has been worn by so many great champions,” said the defender in his post-match interview with Mediaset via FcInterNews.
“We knew the importance of the match, when we return from the break we will have an intense week.”
“I would give credit to Salzburg who put us in difficulty both here and in Milan. They are young and intense. It’s very difficult at their stadium.
“But I am happy with the team’s response. We were mature. In the second half, we raised the bar and earned the win.”
Inter Milan Defender Alessandro Bastoni Cherishes The Opportunity To Wear The Captain’s Armband
“We are very happy to have Lautaro on the team. He is a point of reference on a technical but also human level.
“He gives us a great hand on and off the pitch.”
Finally, the Italian international insisted that it doesn’t matter who starts the matches as there’s no room for selfishness at Inter.
“As Frattesi said, it doesn’t matter who plays. The only thing that matters is winning.
“There is no room for selfishness because the final objective is too important.
“We are all happy with the rotation. We’re all getting minutes and confidence. We’d like to continue like this.”