On the eve of the clash between AC Milan and Fiorentina at San Siro, Marco Giampaolo spoke to the media at Milanello (via MilanNews.it) about his team’s current situation, having won only two of the first five games.
The Rossoneri have certainly struggled at the start of the season, not living up to the expectations of the management and the fans. Last time out, they went from being one goal up to one behind in just a matter of minutes, which describes their start pretty well.
Claiming just six points in five games isn’t enough for the San Siro, who will have to turn the situation around quickly in order to remain in the race for a top-four finish. In other words, time isn’t on their side.
Despite this, the manager is optimistic after what he believes was a positive display against Torino, as his side finally created chances. On the other hand, they certainly lacked the composure needed to find the back of the net.
On Donnarumma’s words: “I was pleased to hear it. You can never lie to the players, they are exposed and because they feel it, they believe it.”
On Torino defeat: “We failed to close the game, to kill it. In certain moments we struggled, but for much of the game, I enjoyed what I saw. The squad played and felt certain in their moves. The management of some moments was not optimal, though.”
On Fiorentina clash: “All the games are complicated, you have to sweat in them all. It is the mentality that must make the difference. I try to respect every opponent and to play with the right mentality. It is the most important thing.”
On the attack: “We had not created many opportunities to score before the Torino game. We had several against Torino. We were inaccurate but the team created opportunities.”
On the 4-3-3: “You have to be able to cover the field well. In Turin, we had excellent positioning. We have to improve on bringing players close to Piatek, these are different dynamics compared to the work we did before.”
On changing from the 4-3-3: “I don’t like to change, when you go for one formation you continue with that one. We have to continue in one direction. In the end, the characteristics of the players will determine the style of play.”
On Paqueta and Hernandez: “Paquetà trained with the team yesterday, he had no muscle damage and can play with us. Hernandez always advances, even when he shouldn’t. He is a great player, but he needs more balance to become even stronger.”