Monza goalkeeper Michele Di Gregorio talks “positive aspects” despite loss to Roma

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - OCTOBER 2: Michele Di Gregorio of AC Monza gestures during the Serie A TIM match between US Sassuolo and AC Monza at Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Tricolore on October 02, 2023 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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Despite his team’s narrow 1-0 defeat against Roma, Monza goalkeeper Michele Di Gregorio was pleased with his team’s overall display.

The Biancorossi created problems on the counter for the Giallorossi even though they played with ten man for the entirety of the second half. They appeared destined for a draw before veteran attacker Stephan El Shaarawy volleyed the ball past Di Gregorio in the 90th minute to secure the hosts a last-gasp victory.

“We defended really well the entire game both when it was 11 versus 11 to when we were down a man,” Di Gregorio told Sportitalia.

“We rallied until then but then we conceded a goal. Obviously we’re disappointed with the result but we leave here knowing we put in a good performance. It’s not easy to play down a man for as long as when in a stadium like the Olimpico.”

“Even though we lost in the 90th minute, the fact we hung in there until the very end is a positive aspect. But we’ll still need to analyse what we got wrong in the game.”

Finally, the shot-stopper was asked about his aspirations to move to a big club next season—the Giallorossi rumored to be one of the teams interested in his services.

“It’s certainly something I think about every now and then,” he admitted.

“Though, I know we’re capable of achieving a lot more if we play as we did today. But I know everything goes through Monza and through this season, so I have to continue working.”

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