Adli ‘sorry’ after Dortmund defeat and admits Milan ‘lost our balance’

By Oliver Fisher -

Yacine Adli has admitted that the ‘details make the difference’ after AC Milan’s chances of reaching the Champions League knockout stages were almost ended by a defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Milan came into the game against the Bundesliga side knowing that they had to win to put themselves in a good position for reaching the last 16 of the competition, but they were beaten 3-1 and that means a miracle is now needed.

Olivier Giroud’s early missed penalty would set the tone as Marco Reus scored his at the other end. Though Samuel Chukwueze equalised, Malick Thiaw’s injury proved to be a turning point as Jamie Bynoe-Gittens put the away side 2-1 up and then Karim Adeyemi scored 10 minutes later to make sure of the points.

Adli was interviewed by Mediaset immediately after the defeat to Dortmund and he assessed what was a tough night for the team, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.

“We’re sorry for the fans, today was a great occasion. We knew that San Siro was like this, we had this strength with us and we weren’t able to win,” he said.

“We will give everything against Newcastle, we will try to win but we have a 2-3% chance. We will give everything and hope for a positive result in Dortmund.

“At this level the details make the difference. We started well, but we didn’t score from a penalty. In the second half we also lost our balance with Malick’s exit and we were unlucky. We struggled to find balance.”

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  1. It’s genuinely baffling how this guy doesn’t have a place in our midfield, not even as a vice to Reijnders? If he were playing under a coach like De Zerbi or played clubs like Benfica or Leipzig, I guarantee he would be one of the most promising young players.

    And to those who always criticize him, remember he’s still 22 years old and has been frozen out of the team by his coach for an entire year for no apparent reason.

    1. He hasn’t gotten any minutes lately and then gets picked to start this game. Why wouldn’t Pioli try to get him in form with game time? Moron.

  2. I have to admit Adli played the first half well. But once Thiaw was out we had no chances and unfortunately Adli is not the guy to help defense a lot.

    1. We had no chances after Thiaw was out? Well… The only half-chances we created still started/came via Adli. His passing display was the only good thing about Milan yesterday.

  3. Adli is slowly becoming one of my favourites on the team.
    He’s a young player that is clearly unfavoured by his coach, but keeps his bead down, works hard, plays well and gives it all to the club.
    Play him more pioli!

  4. I have to disagree. Aldi’s vision was suspect, especially in the first half. Attacking players would make diagonal cuts only to have Aldi ignore them. Strangely enough, attacking players themselves, like Chukwueze and Pulisic, were much more dangerous with long passes. Dortmund’s defense needed to be stretched and Aldi was a bit of a black hole.

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