"The best thing for Achraf and me was to leave Real Madrid"

Theo Hernández analyzed the reasons for his departure from Real Madrid after scoring the first goal in Europe of his career. This weekend, derby against Inter de Achraf.


Milan did not have a very peaceful afternoon at the Little Maracana in Belgrade. The Rossoneri had the Europa League before facing the derby this week and the sensations with which they came out were not the most positive as they drew a 2-2 draw in the first leg of the round of 32. One even, in addition, playing against ten.

Among the positive notes of this Milan, Theo Hernández stands out again. The Marseillais, a former Real Madrid player, is a prominent side in the offensive section. Now, Italy is turning out to be a true master's degree in this matter and, coincidentally, not in the most defensive aspect as everything would invite you to think. The Frenchman, in addition to raising, marking and centering, adds new records to his game. A game that he considers has evolved when he left Real Madrid and enjoyed more opportunities as happened to Achraf Hakimi, his rival in the next Lombardy derby and friend. This was confessed on the DAZN microphones. "Both Achraf and I played little in Madrid and the best thing for us was to leave, because if you are there and you don't play you are not happy and you don't have the opportunities you wanted. We did the best we could and now we are here in Milan," he said. .

On this Thursday night, Theo opened his private account in European senior category competitions. The full-back had already scored in the Youth League when he was still playing for Atlético de Madrid, but never in an absolute continental competition. It was also a penalty. A way I never had.

The defense, as if that were not enough, was manufactured. This one entered the area, gained the position to his pair and was demolished. Doubtful, it can, but validated by the VAR. Theo, neither short nor lazy and although there was a nine more than confirmed in the elite as Mandzukic on the green, he decided that it would be him who would get to eleven meters for the first time as a professional. Milan Borjan was not able to stop it and Theo overtook Milan.

Although he never had a bad shot, and is also fine-tuning it in Lombardy, Theo had only scored one set-piece goal before and is one of the most memorable of his career. The Frenchman scored the 1-1 in the Cup final between Barcelona and Alavés with a powerful shot from the right edge of the area sending the ball with his left foot to the long post of the Blaugrana goal. Another goal that was not worth to sign the victory for the babazorros, his team at that time.

Willing to surpass his best numbers

This goal in the Little Maracana was the fifth of the season and the eleventh that he generated for Milan in 29 games, since he has distributed another six assists. Last year at San Siro he stopped the count with twelve goals generated (seven goals and five assists), achieving his best season at a statistical level. One that is on the way to overcome if nothing changes. These numbers, he already publicly acknowledges, hopes that they will give him a chance at the French team, of which he is tremendously proud. "What I have to do is work every day and wait for the call. I don't feel Spanish, I'm French. It's true that I lived in Spain when I was little, but that doesn't mean anything. I was born in France, my family is in France and I I'm French, "he added to this string.

Theo will be one of the most important weapons for Pioli this Sunday in the derby against Inter, where the honor of Milan and also the Scudetto are at stake, after years in which both clubs were on their particular journey through the desert. In the previous one, Theo praised the qualities of the aforementioned Achraf. "Achraf is an incredible player, he has a lot of talent, speed, quality, we more or less resemble each other. I know him personally and we have spent a lot of time together, he is a good guy and a great friend. What will I say to him in the derby? I will say nothing, in the field we are enemies, but outside of it we are good friends, "he explained.

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