Capello blasts Milan’s tactical plan in Liverpool defeat: “Formula One against Formula Two”

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan boss Fabio Capello believes that the Rossoneri were simply inferior in every department during their defeat to Liverpool last night.

Milan went into the final group stage game with a chance of qualifying for the last 16 despite the fact they had won just one of their previous five games in the competition. What the Rossoneri needed to do was win against Liverpool and hope that Porto didn’t beat Atletico Madrid, but they couldn’t even get the first bit right as Jurgen Klopp’s side emerged 2-1 victors.

If there’s anybody who knows what it takes to win trophies and to succeed in Europe it is Capello. In his first five seasons as a manager he won four Serie A titles with Milan as well as the 1993–94 Champions League, beating Barcelona 4–0 in the final.

Capello spoke on Sky Italia after the game and while he praised Klopp’s side for the way they executed their style of play, he also admitted that Milan were not at all up to the speed they needed to be.

“Formula One against Formula Two. The speed of execution, ideas and play of the Reds was impressive. Milan tactically have left to be desired, they continued to play in the same way, not understanding that always playing on the same side without changing the game would have made it difficult,” he said (via

RATINGS: AC Milan 1-2 Liverpool – Krunic the stand-out; unfocused Theo

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  1. So now even Capello scolds Pioli…
    I’m not sure you can change the tactics for the most decisive game without half of the squad.
    The gameplay was ok, individual mistakes were the reason we lost.

    1. Indeed. The tactics were fine. The individual errors decided the game. You play with what you got. Here’s the result. Kessie and a few others simply aren’t UCL-material and that shows on the final score. Or the group table.

  2. I respect pioli work at milan, but he’s just an everage coach. He should I’ve switched to a 3-5-2 formation long time ago. Why? Think about we all know Theo is sucks at defending so is Toure. Theo as a left wb or even Lm would be lit. And then romagnoli,Tomori, gabbia/kjaer as a cb would be helpful. And also besides leao, all of our wingers sucks. Playing with Tonali, Kessie, Bennacer/krunic in the mf. And ibra with all due respect is too slow, he needs a second striker besides him.
    Oh well I’m not an expert, it’s just my opinion. Maybe he seen something different during training 🤷‍♂️

    1. Agree. I am not an expert but 3 5 2:
      1. Erases Theo worse side
      2. Improves Romagnoli
      3. Improves attack – Dias, wingers and lone striker do not have much chemistry together. Not only this season- remember how many goals were scored by Kessie and Theo. Our attack is simply weak, second more mobile striker would only help.

    2. I agree 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2. Look at theo when he plays for france and saelemaekers when he plays for belgium. They could be the ones to provide width.

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