Stefano Pioli acknowledges that Milan was a little slow to begin with, but deserves praise for coming back 2-0 to hold Parma.
were moments away to suffer from their first loss in Serie A since March, but Theo Hernandez came to rescue in the late game as he completed his brace for a 2-2 draw with Parma.
“It remains an off night, as we are having some difficulties, especially Gabbia and Bennacer injuries,” Pioli told Sky Sport Italia.
“As for the game, for the first time I’d say we didn’t have the right approach and were a little sluggish. Parma did very well on the counter, we could’ve equalized earlier and didn’t, but this is a team with heart and desire. It’s fine.
“Clearly, we wanted to win and we had the chances to do so. Parma had two shots on goal, but we also made mistakes on those two goals.
“We weren’t as sharp in the second half, but that can happen when you are putting so much spirit into the chase, throwing men into the box and trying to get it back on track.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Simo Kjaer are sidelined due to injury and they are starting to feel missed.
“It’s true we have different characteristics without Ibra, as Zlatan gives us more of a presence in the penalty area, but we attacked in numbers instead and with players who are more focused on movement.”
“Parma deserve credit for making the most of their forwards, who have a lot of pace and are good at one-on-one situations. However, on the first goal, there’s clearly more of us in the box than Parma players, yet we got hunched up and didn’t cover the spaces,” continued Pioli.
“The sensation I get is that the team is not happy with the draw, and that means we expect more of ourselves and are raising the bar. We had the quality, intelligence and intensity to bring home an important point.”