Gabriel delighted with Milan debut
AC Milan goalkeeper Gabriel has expressed his delight with his performance after making his league debut for the club against Udinese at the San Siro.
Valter Birsa's first-half goal sealed the points for the hosts but Gabriel had to be at his best to keep the visitors at bay, tipping an Antonio Di Natale free kick onto the crossbar in the second half.
The young Brazilian, who was brought into the side after Christian Abbiati was ruled out with a calf injury, expressed his happiness at finally making a league appearance and the display he put in, reports Goal.com.
"It was a great debut for me and I am very happy," the former Cruzeiro man told Sky Sport Italia.
"Of course there's going to be a little tension at the start, as this was a difficult game we had to win. We slowly started to gain confidence and it went very well at the end."
"The coach had already warned me Di Natale took great free kicks and I had seen some of his games before," he said when asked about the excellent save he made from the forward’s set piece.
"When I saw it was his free kick, I expected him to go near post and thankfully I was able to get a hand to it."
Gabriel, who moved to San Siro from Brazil in 2012 and has one senior cap, was not named in Milan’s European squad so he will not continue in goal for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona and he has refused to get carried away about his future.
"That is down to the coach and club," he said when asked whether he could be a Milan regular.
"I am working to grow and to learn, so good things will happen, such as this debut.
"When the Champions League list was drawn up, I was not 100 per cent due to a shoulder injury, so the coach made the right choice. Now I am fit, thank God."