The Milan manager is certain that his side ‘came here to win the game’ despite injuries and falling behind Juventus, who found the back of the net. ‘We continued seeking victory throughout the match.’
Notwithstanding being without six players, like Olivier Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and losing Simon Kjaer in the first half of the game,Milan
turned things around and leveled the game courtesy of Alvaro Morata’s goal.
“We came here to win the game. Juventus did better in the first 20 minutes, were more determined and focused, but we continued playing and did much better towards the end with chances to win, so it was overall a positive performance,”
“We were up against Juventus, so Dybala, Morata, Alex Sandro, Cuadrado, Bonucci, Chiellini. We played good football. We conceded a goal where we made too many naïve mistakes, which allowed Juve to defend deep and counter in the first half.
“As always, Milan do not lack desire, character, determination and grit, so we continued seeking the victory throughout the match.”
Fikayo Tomori played as a right-back first because of Davide Calabria’s injury; however, he then changed his role after Simon Kjaer’s muscular problem.
“Juventus worked very well down the right, so the collaboration between Saelemaekers and Tomori should’ve been better, but it’s also true Juve deserve credit for escaping our initial press and that opens up the spaces,”
continued the coach.
“Maybe last season we needed to not exactly hope in a miracle to win this game, but certainly hope for some luck. Now we must be aware that we’re at this level and must go for the victory to the very end. I liked that courage, we were ready to risk defeat in order to push for the win.”
Due to a lack of strikers, Rebic has gotten used to a centre-forward role.
“He has immense intensity and quality, can play in more or less any role and helped out today. He is a very important player for us and can really help us to break games open too.
“I have always seen my players ready to overcome their limitations, they have quality and work throughout the week with diligence and a sense of belonging. The opposition might be better on the night, but we will always give it our best going for the victory.”
The Rossoneri boss talked about something regarding tonight’s game, following their 3-2 loss at the hands of Liverpool in the Champions League, with the radical difference in temp between divisions being shown.
“I just want to make a note that people say Italian teams struggle in Europe because of the tempo. I will say today we had 48 minutes of actual football played.
“There are too many gaps, too much arguing, too much waiting around, too many free kicks, too many stoppages. We need to improve this all together or we will inevitably struggle when entering a different atmosphere.”
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