Well-known journalist and Milan fan Carlo Pellegatti believes that Stefano Pioli should have started Jens Petter Hauge against Sampdoria, and remains confident the team can finish the season strong.
The Rossoneri dropped yet more valuable points at home as Hauge’s late equaliser was needed to snatch a draw against a Sampdoria side who had taken the lead through Fabio Quagliarella and played the last 30 minutes with 10 men after Adrien Silva’s red card.
Pellegatti spoke to MilanNews about a number of topics related to the team, and he began with an assessment on yesterday’s game at San Siro including the lasting impressions that have been left after two more dropped points.
“Both in terms of performance and result leaves a great disappointment. After the match in Florence I know that there has been the commitment of the national teams but it cannot be a justification also because Sampdoria has had so many players involved in these two weeks,” he said.
“I agree with Pioli’s words that spoke of a soft attitude. I would like to understand why there is this more relaxed attitude at home as seen in yesterday’s match and in the one against Udinese.”
Milan have offered sparkling performances against teams inclined to attack and get into trouble against compact teams who defend and sit deep.
On that idea, Pellegatti responded: “I would say that Sampdoria started better and troubled Donnarumma, so it didn’t seem like a closed formation.
“Milan instead of fighting for prestigious positions must immediately make it clear from the beginning that it will be a difficult day for the other team. As with Udinese, however, they did not make it clear that they could put them in difficulty and this leads to paying duty at the first mistake. At home and away, the performance is different.”
Pioli spoke of a threshold for Champions League qualification of 75 points. Do you agree with this assessment?
“I disagree. There were 30 points available so the odds we have to aim for is 89. Honestly, reaching 75 would mean that, out of 30 points available, Milan would take home 16. I hope that they take home more because it would mean winning 5 games, drawing 1 and losing 4. I hope that Milan does not reach 75 because it would mean not playing 10 games well after such a beautiful season.”
Today’s match gave Milan a growing Hauge back. After Pioli’s words, do you think he could be one more man for this season finale?
“The best players should be deployed immediately and then try to put better players tactically or fresh for the defensive phase. I would have risked Rebic and/or Hauge right away. But they are totally epidermal opinions.”
On renewals and the possibility of a move for Josip Ilicic, Pellegatti added: “At the moment these are not issues that interest current events. It is right to talk about the pitch and focus on the next matches. I’m thinking about the calendar and qualification for the Champions League.”
Do you feel confident about this season finale?
“Yes, I have to be and the team must be too. It’s a wavering Milan at home and away and it’s a different performance that I haven’t given an answer yet.”