Davide Frattesi has provided an explanation of his Milan derby goal celebration, and praised teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Speaking to Italian magazine Rivista Undici, via FCInterNews, the Italian international opened up about his first few months at the Nerazzurri.
Frattesi has enjoyed a memorable start to life at Inter.
The 24-year-old scored perhaps his most important goal for the club yet over the weekend. It was Frattesi who score late in Saturday’s Serie A win over Hellas Verona to give his team the win.
Frattesi had already shown a penchant for stoppage time goals.
The Italian scored in the dying minutes of the Nerazzurri’s 5-1 thrashing of city rivals AC Milan in the derby earlier on in the season.
But at the same time, Frattesi has not yet become a regular starter for Inter.
This largely owes to the continued excellent form of former Manchester United, Arsenal, and Roma midfielder Mkhitaryan, as well as Nicolo Barella
Davide Frattesi On Derby Goal Celebration, Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Of his celebration of his goal against Milan, Frattesi admitted that “It was too difficult to contain myself.”
“Winning a derby in that fashion.. it was just too good.”
Frattesi then noted that “In training every day I have two great examples to follow. Nicolo Barella and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.”
“As far as things I’d take from Mkhi, I’d say his management of the ball,” Frattesi said.
“From that point of view he’s an immensely good player.”
“Then, he has experience,” he noted of the Armenian. “He puts a lot of work in. He’s been playing for fifteen years at the very top level.”
“He’s someone I can take inspiration from to reach the top,” Frattesi suggested.
And as far as the Serie A title race between Inter and Juventus, Frattesi said that “Let’s see what happens in May.”
“This season I certainly don’t see a team killing the title race off the way that Napoli did last season.”
“There are three or four teams that are equal in quality,” Frattesi said. “All are right there competing for it.”
“Then, squad depth will also be very important.”