Lecce boss Baroni admits to ‘regret’ after Milan draw and responds to idea Colombo is ready

By Oliver Fisher -

Lecce head coach Marco Baroni was happy with the way his side went about the game against AC Milan even if they were unable to turn a two-goal lead into three points.

Milan made an terrible start to the game as Theo Hernandez scored an own-goal after a mistake from Pierre Kalulu inside three minutes, and then Baschirotto doubled the lead with a header less than 30 minutes in to put the hosts 2-0 up.

A second half comeback was started when Rafael Leao halved the deficit with a shot from a narrow angle and then Davide Calabria scored a close range header to level things, but Milan were unable to turn the one point into three meaning they are now nine points behind leaders Napoli.

Baroni spoke to Sky Italia after the game to reflect on the game against Milan, one which sees his side go six unbeaten in the league, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.

Does it remain an achievement despite the draw?

“There’s still some regret, when you go ahead 2-0 against the Italian champions and you have chances to go up 3-0 you know you’ve done something important. The team is alive, it played football with ideas.

“We shot on goal more than them, crossed more than them, had more corners. These are data that measure the team’s performance. I have to congratulate the boys and the crowd, an alchemy has been created.

“They cheered us on even in the difficult moments of the second half. I went back to the dressing room congratulating even those who didn’t play. I want to bring everyone forward, we need everyone. We need everyone to feel entitled. We must believe in the work and unity of this young group.”

On the youth project…

“Corvino and Stefano Trinchera explained the project to me and I threw myself into it. I have important executives who know how to support and know how to work together with my staff. For me it was even more exciting, enthusiasm that we passed on to the team. It’s a difficult season, we mustn’t think we’ve done something. Talking little and doing a lot, let’s immediately put the game behind us and think about the next one.”

Is Colombo ready for Milan?

“Lorenzo is a player for whom we had to sew a role. He is a hard worker, he has the mind of a great professional. When you have qualities and these values, only he can know where he can go. We hold on to him, today was a heavy game for him. Before the game I told him to have fun, he had a good game and we are happy. It’s only work that can lead this player to achieve important results.”

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