Tonight, Milan will face Porto in the third round of the Champions League, and Paolo Maldini believes that the Rossoneri should not use injuries crisis as an excuse.
Milan have lost both of their first two games in the Champions League, although many believe the poor performance of the referee in the game against Atletico Madrid changed the result.
Clearly, the three points will matter more this evening, but it’s still not a knockout fixture. We need nine points to have a chance of going through and it’s still in our hands
,” Maldini told Sport Mediaset.
Milan is facing a difficult situation because many important players of the team are absent and
was added to this list.
“We mustn’t change our nature, no matter how many absences or the opponents we are facing. It’s not easy, but coach Pioli has given this squad some codes of conduct, some clear ideas. We mustn’t give alibis to those who do run onto the pitch, because they are all great players.
“Seeking excuses before a game is practically preparing yourself for defeat and that is not the way we view football.”
is out due to COVID-19 and will be replaced by Ballo-Toure.
He needs to play, as at times you must make mistakes in order to learn,”
“Ballo-Toure has great physical capabilities, the language and communication might be a problem at first, but this is his first experience at this level.
“Everyone felt a shiver down their spines against Liverpool at Anfield and that is what you get from a lack of experience. These are games that must teach us we belong and can compete at this level.”
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