AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli admits he expected a better performance from his side’s after their disappointing 3-0 defeat to Lazio, but vows they keep fighting for the Champions League qualification.
The Rossoneri suffered probably their worst defeat of the season as
scored twice to helpLazio
3-0 in Serie A on Monday.
scored the third goal to cap off a disastrous night for Milan, who are now level on points withJuventus
“As often happens in these games, our opponents did better in the decisive incidents,”
Pioli told Sky Sport Italia
“We played better in the first half and had the chances to equalize. I expected more from the team, because we have the qualities to do better, but after the second goal it became more complicated.”
Pioli has bemoaned the referee’s controversial decision not to give a foul against Lazio for the second goal, as Lucas Leiva seemed to foul Hakan Calhanoglu in the build-up.
“I honestly do not understand how this wasn’t given as a foul on Calhanoglu. He went to see it again, from the replay it is impossible to say Leiva doesn’t catch Calhanoglu and miss the ball entirely.”
Milan are now standing in fifth place of the Serie table, level on points with Juventus and Napoli on 66 points. Pioli says his men need to react quickly after their weak results in recent games.
“We are a strong team and we need to react quickly, because this is a painful defeat. It’s not an issue of fear, but if you go down early against a side like Lazio, you allow them to defend and counter, which is their wheelhouse.