Inter Milan midfielder Davide Frattesi is extremely happy after his late strike gave the Nerazzurri a 2-1 win over Hellas Verona.
This 24-year-old spoke to Italian broadcaster DAZN, via FCInterNews, after this afternoon’s dramatic Serie A victory.
Even after Frattesi found the back of the net several minutes into stoppage time, the drama wasn’t over at the San Siro.
Verona also received a penalty late on in the match. Referee Michael Fabbri deemed that Matteo Darmian had fouled Giangiacomo Magnani after reviewing the incident on his monitor.
But GIalloblu striker Thomas Henry missed the subsequent spot kick.
Therefore, Frattesi’s late effort proved to be the match-winner.
This came after Henry had scored a second-half equalizer with his very first touch after coming onto the pitch as a substitute.
It was certainly not a routine win for Inter.
But it was three points, putting the Nerazzurri temporarily five ahead of Juventus at the top of the Serie A table.
One way or another, Inter keep their advantage over the Bianconeri.
This victory marked the end of the first half of the season. There’s still a long way to go in the season.
But wins like this afternoon’s could prove to be important in the final reckoning in a few months.
Inter Match-Winner Davide Frattesi Thrilled After Verona Win
“This was a win that summed everything up,” Frattesi said.
“This is a fantastic group. Even the players who don’t play as much feel important like the rest of the team.”
The former Sassuolo midfielder said that “In a long season, that’s important.”
And of his celebration after the goal, Frattesi said that “I wanted to do a lot more than just climb the gate.”
“But I wanted to avoid a second booking,” the midfielder admitted.
Frattesi said of his goal that “It was like the goal I scored against Real Sociedad.”
“I saw the ball in a flash, I had a bit of a scuffed effort, and then there was a bit of luck.”
As far as his playing time this season, Frattesi said that “It was tough at first. I was used to playing all the time.”
“Playing as a mezzala, I don’t always have 100% energy,” he added.
Frattesi suggested that “This goal gives me confidence. I hope I can give even more to the team.”
“Scrappy matches like this one are what allow you to go all the way,” the 24-year-old said of the context of this victory in the Serie A title race.