We had not seen Mario Mandzukic in action for a while, but the striker came on and made an impact against Genoa at San Siro this afternoon.

As MilanNews writes, the Croatian striker came on against Genoa for the final 30 minutes and in addition to the run that propitiated Scamacca’s own goal, he did above all what was asked of him by battling for every ball and pinning the opponent deeper.

Earlier in the week it was confirmed that Mandzukic had conceded his salary for the month of March, with the money saved being donated to the Milan Foundation, and the positive outing capped a week where he has been in the headlines for the right reasons.

Pioli spoke about the former Juventus man in the post-match press conference: “He entered well, he is a leader from the point of view of character, of desire and is a strong and reliable player. We are sorry for what he did not give before, but now he is recovering. Mario is a strong player on a mental level as well, I am happy because in the next matches he will have to suffer.”

The report adds how in a young team like Milan, the contribution of a player like Mandzukic is not only useful on the pitch but above all in the heads of less experienced players. For the likes of Leao, Saelemakers, Theo Hernandez and others, seeing the Croatian fight and battle with his opponents is and must be an example for the future.

This article first appeared on SempreMilan and was syndicated with permission.

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