Pioli admits to feeling ‘disappointed and embittered’ in analysis of frustrating draw against Sampdoria

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has admitted that he is not happy with the result or the performance in the 1-1 draw against Sampdoria.

There was plenty of optimism heading into the game as Milan looked to continue from where they left off before the international break, having won 3-2 away against Fiorentina in the previous round.

However, it was yet another poor home performance from Pioli’s men. Having been dominated for most of the first half, the away side took what was in truth a deserved lead when Quagliarello lobbed Donnarumma after Theo’s sloppy giveaway.

Substitute Jens Petter Hauge did come on and rescue a late point for Milan against the 10 men of Sampdoria following Adrien Silva’s red card, but a winner did not arrive.

Pioli was interviewed by Milan TV at the end of the game, and revealed that he is struggling to take the positives from the performance, with his words transcribed by MilanNews.

On the idea that Milan didn’t do enough to win: “I completely agree even if we could have done it with Kessie in the final moments. We did too little, we played with little rhythm and our approach was not the right one. It was a complicated match for us.

“Sampdoria played in the same way they played in the first game. Today there was less rhythm, we favoured their defense which was well placed. Today I struggle to be happy, the performance had to be different, there were all the right situations to play with more intensity and quality. This must make us disappointed and embittered, now we have to show that we can start off well right away.”

On Hauge: “I hope Jens gains even more confidence, he scored an important goal for the team. It will help him to become convinced in his own means.”

On the starting line-up: “I made choices based on the players who played a lot for the national team. Everything is open to criticism, after such a performance it is not a question of a player or a position. The team did not offer a performance up to par.”

On Saelemaekers at full-back: “I think he has good characteristics to do well in that role there, especially when the team leads the game. I thought I’d attack more and have a bit more qualitative development on the flanks with full-back.”

Tags AC Milan Milan Sampdoria Stefano Pioli


  1. That is the problem of small coach lack of experience you have rabic and gauge why playing krunic in that position you have dalot and kalulu why playing salemekers in defence why samu is not a good player in the whole season. The problem of Milan now is pioli with his bias selection.

  2. Pioli must be rate 2/10 this is entirely his fault the management must give him ultimatum qualify for the CL or get sacked he will be serious as before when his job was at risk for Ragnick,even those writers who are not coacoh were making better probable eleven for Milan. knowing our home performance is not that good yet go on with a weak forward having better options.

  3. Starting krunic and castilejo while having right back such as kalulu and left winger like hauge is stupid, i dont get it… Under pioli regime it was a sweet start but now we know he cannot fully developed player abilities

  4. I don’t understand Pioli. Why why why did he start Krunic as a LW and Salesmakers as RB?? We have actually RW’s in Rebic and Hauge! It’s ridiculous. Same with RB. Why not start Kalulu? Or even Dalot? What does that do for their confidence when coach says I would rather start a winger as my RB or a mid as my starting RW?? So stupid. Again Pioli with critical mistakes in tactics. And again he gives Castejello another opportune again he disappoints. What’s a waste. Wake up Pioli! We should examine whether he is the right manager for next season if we qualify for CL. Terrible.

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