Adli sends message to Milan management after derby loss: “We need strong players”

By Oliver Fisher -

Yacine Adli certainly spoke his mind after AC Milan’s derby defeat against Inter last night, suggesting that the ownership must invest in stronger players to win now.

Milan lost 2-1 against Inter in the Derby della Madonnina at San Siro on Monday night, which meant that they won their 20th league title.

As they so often do in these games, the Rossoneri started in the worst possible way when Francesco Acerbi scored from a corner, then Marcus Thuram doubled the advantage with a shot from the edge of the box early in the second half.

Fikayo Tomori’s late finish from close range halved the deficit but in truth Milan got what they deserved after another very questionable defensive performance.

Adli spoke to SportMediaset after the game to reflect on what was a difficult night for his side, and his comments were relayed by

What are your emotions?

“It burns a lot. Today was not just a derby but it was much more because we knew that Inter could win the Scudetto and we wanted to give satisfaction to our fans, who we have disappointed so much this season. Words are not enough to describe what I feel inside.

“Frustration? Even more. We can’t always be clean, act with our heads. There were so many emotions today. I made that gesture [kicking objects on the bench] when I came off because it’s much more than frustration.

“It’s disappointing… all these people who are rooting for us. They travel a lot of kilometres for us. It will stay inside me for a long time.”

Is there a difference between the two projects?

“We and Inter are two different teams. Inter have had a project for 4/5 years, they play in the same way, they have players who have been here for a long time. A team with maturity and experience. We are a squad that has changed 10 players. A lot can happen in a year.

“Our project is longer but we have to do much more. If the club wants to win we must have a strong team, we need strong players. I will fight to grow every day in training, to give more. Because it’s not enough to say that we are young and the journey is long. We must act every day.”

What about the rumours surrounding Pioli?

“We are always focused on the pitch, we try to give everything. Today it wasn’t enough. For our fans we are more than disappointed.”

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  1. “Inter have had a project for 4/5 years, they play in the same way, they have players who have been here for a long time.”

    Inter over the last 4,5 years had 2 coaches, Milan has had only 1.
    How is it that inter plays in the same way under 2 different coaches but Milan plays in a different way under the same coach?
    Inter has only 6 players left from Conte’s time. Conte left in the summer of 2021.
    Milan had 10 new players this season, inter had 12 new players.
    Players like Tonali, Brahim Diaz, Saelemakers, Messias, Rebic, Origi, Ballo Toure, Bakayoko ( cream of the crop 😂) left Milan last summer.
    Players like Brozovic, Onana, Lukaku, Dzeko, Gossens, Skriniar, Handanovic Corea, Gagliardini, DAmbrosio, Bellanova, left inter last summer.
    Nothing but excuses coming even from the players.

    1. Adli is also saying we don’t have enough experience on the pitch only giroud and the 2 injured florenzi kjaer. Meanwhile they have mikhitaryan, acerbi, pavard, darmian, and de vrij. But this management are losers so we probably won’t get any

    2. Same basic system dude. 3-5-2. Same for Allegri at Juventus. In fact, Allegri was a 4-3-3 manager before Juventus. He arrived, saw things worked and only tweaked a few things. This is the definition of continuity. Same at Barcelona Guardiola > Vilanova > Martinez > Luis Enrique. It only stopped when they got to Valverde. That’s also why they’ve been talking about the Ajax model. 4-3-3 from the first team down to the youth level. Plug and play. The definition of continuity.

    1. Nope. They would make Adli play better. People who play football know that playing next to better players will improve you as well.

  2. It’s ironic af tho..bought 3 midfielders and have no midfield during games to speak off. And adli, as much praise as he gets, is more often invisible then influential during games

    1. We have mids its just Pioli not knowing how to use them. Musah has the qualities to be a DM, but Pioli plays him as a RW. Adli can be a good AM but Pioli plays him as a DM… Same as how Montella played Kessie as a AM and everyone wanted Kessie to be gone calling him wooden legs and such, but once Kessie got a more defensive position his qulities shined and he was like a different player apriciated by all. Rejnideers-Musa and Adli in front is a good mid.

      1. When musah plays in midfield he drifts to rm rw space anyway.. boi can’t be a dm he’s sh*t at defending and his movement leaves gaps where there shouldn’t be any

  3. Maybe he’s upset at how lackluster some of the new guys are or the passion they put into the derby. But it’s ironic asking for stronger players when it would mean an upgrade to him

  4. What Adli implies is that there is no philosophy in Milan’s play, and that is because the mercato was done without a clear plan. Inter had been very shrewd in how they recruit. Like for like replacements with a clear plan. Hence there rhythm was never disrupted to the extend that they need a few seasons to rebuild. We never properly replaced Kessie, and we let Tonali go( in hindsight it was a good thing). We never recruited a striker to help Giroud. Theo doesn’t have a decent deputy. Calabria has been a sight for sore eyes and where is his backup. Too many gaps to plug in Milan whereas Inter replaced Lukaku, Onana, and so many other players, that allowed for continuity in their project.

  5. I like Puli and RLC but in big games they have played with reservists’ mentality. Pretty much invisible. Maybe it’s failure of Pioli to motivate. But maybe it’s also a failure on their part to elevate their games and step up like the starters they have become.

    That goes for the rest of our team too. Nobody steps up in big games. Nobody. Not veterans. Not new blood. Not foreigners.

    This is probably why Maldini wanted to incorporate experienced players into the team with their mentality. Currently we have no leaders to drag us during games.

    1. Yes both have not been at same level. Some credit must go to the opposition; some blame to the the tactics as well. Piloi made huge changes that did not work (Leao, CP, Musah…).

  6. 2 differences between Milan and Inter.

    Firstly, Inter is well-drilled in their tactics and formation. Milan? From 4231 to 433 and back to 4231, not to mention the many other variations throughout the season. For the consecutive 6 derbies that Milan lost, Inter is dogmatically consistent with their 352 counter-attack style. What of Milan? 3 at the back, false 9, what’s next?

    Secondly, Inter’s transfer strategy is build on ready-made-experience with veteran players. Half of their first 11 is 30 and above of age. Their bench consists of more 30+ players. They dun mind getting ‘old’ players on a free transfer with high salaries, such as Taremi and Zielinski. What about Milan? Even fans here cringe when Maldini insists on bringing in Arnautovic. When we are linked with Taremi, fans are also divisive.

    Milan’s project is long-term while Inter will very soon need to replace most of their older players. It is not sustainable unless they continue to scour for free transfers given their financial situation.

    But having said Milan being a long-term project, it is still dismal to see that Milan has shown little to no progress in our head-to-head duels with Inter. Losing 6 in a row with the usual set piece fragilities and counters really underlines Pioli’s deficiencies as a tactician (and likewise, the return match against Roma). Pretty sure Saachi will argue about this. He’s probably saying an Englishman cannot defend a corner as well as an Italian … yes, the same Englishman who scored a header against an (almost) Italian backline.

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