Giampaolo: “Our best performance of the season, but we lacked the clinical edge”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo was frustrated at his side’s lack of killer instinct as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Torino.

The Rossoneri slipped to their third loss in five games to start the Serie A season as the Granata came from behind to beat them at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin.

Krzysztof Piatek had given Milan a first half lead as he converted a penalty following a foul on Rafael Leao, but things fell apart in the second half as Andrea Belotti scored a quickfire brace.

The result means that Giampaolo’s side have scored just one goal from open play in five games and sit just one point above Sunday’s opponents Fiorentina – who are in 17th.

The head coach spoke to Sky Italia after the game and bemoaned his team’s lack of composure in the final third.

“The game was under our control, we just didn’t have the clinical edge to kill it off,” Giampaolo said, via Football Italia.

“We took barely any risks until that goal and then in four minutes, the whole match changed.

“We had the opportunities to score again with Piatek and Kessie, so we created the chances. There were errors, but it was Milan’s best performance of the season so far and we dominated for long periods. Clearly, the defeat is not good enough.

“It disappoints me because the team works hard and does all it can, so when results don’t come, that is disappointing. They are trying to work as a team and follow the plan rather than just go off individually.

“It was an undeserved defeat and clearly that slows down the growth process, our self-esteem, but I have seen that this is a good squad and I hope they don’t lose heart.”

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