AC Milan Legend, Mauro Tassotti says it was not expected of AC Milan to keep their early-season results, but would have stayed at top of the Serie A table if Inter didn't have a dominant form.
were undefeated until Juve thrashed them 3-1 in the beginning of January, but after that fell six points behind Inter, who defeated them 3-0 in the Derby della Madonnina last month.
Tassotti, who is working under ex-Milan forward, Andriy Shevchenko as Ukraine assistant coach, hailed Milan coach, Stefano Pioli and gave hope to his players to keep on challenging Inter for the Scudetto.
“There was a long sequence of injuries and a poor run was inevitable,”
Tassotti interviewed with today’s newspaper edition ofLa Gazzetta dello Sport
“Especially for those who dragged the team forward for so long and paid for their efforts, such as Hakan Calhanoglu or Theo Hernandez, who sometimes played below their level.
“We were used to such high standards and there is a decline. Then there is [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, who has returned from so many injuries. We are talking about a man who weighs almost 100kg, it’s not easy to get back into top form immediately.
“I think Milan must regain some balance. Pioli’s team played better than anyone for a long time and when you are feeling well you succeed at everything, then a negative sequence leads to a knock-on effect.
“Without Inter’s special performance, Milan would have still been top though. They must not abandon the idea of the Scudetto though, because if Milan do it then so must the others. Not even Juventus can do it.
“Milan are a carefree team and with this attitude they have risen up the standings. They must continue to take it game by game, without looking back and only forward,”
The 61-year-old used to defend the right-back for the Rossoneri from 1980 to 1997, netting 10 goals in 583 matches ahead of working forMilan
as an assistant coach after he retired.
Tassotti has been working with Ukraine since 2014.