Marco van Ginkel was pleased to give another strong showing in our fourth outing of pre-season in Indianapolis on Thursday night.
The 20-year-old Dutchman started alongside Ramires as the deep midfield pair in Jose Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 formation against Inter, partnering Michael Essien for the first 15 minutes of the second half before being substituted on the hour with a good night’s work under his belt.
Van Ginkel has so far figured in each of our games this summer, and has fitted in well with energetic and combative displays.
‘These are my qualities,’ he said afterwards. ‘I think in the first half was easier to do my job, defending my midfielder who came deep a lot, but in the second half there were more spaces to attack and run past my opponent, which I also enjoy doing.
‘I feel very fit. After 60 minutes I felt nothing in my legs, so that’s good, and it’s because we have trained well, trained hard, and I feel ready to go. I don’t know what will happen on Sunday in the next match against AC Milan, the coach has to decide, but I feel I can do more which is a positive sign.’
First-half goals from Oscar and Eden Hazard put us in the driving seat against the Italians, and when they were reduced to 10 men shortly into the second half, the result was never in doubt.
‘It was good, in Asia we had good games but this opponent is much stronger, Inter, and it was a good test for me personally, and for the team,’ Van Ginkel commented.
‘Inter had some very good players and were very dangerous in front, playing between the lines which makes it difficult to defend. The second half was much easier for us as a team because we had the extra man and they didn’t have many chances. We had more and maybe we could have scored more goals. It doesn’t matter though, it’s good to win and 2-0 is a nice victory.’
We now march on into the semi-final of the International Champions Cup, meeting Milan at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium on Sunday for a place in the Miami final next Wednesday.