AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli believes his side got a useful taster of the level that the Champions League is during their defeat to Liverpool.
It was a rollercoaster of a game at Anfield as Liverpool took an early lead through a deflected Alexander-Arnold shot, but Milan came storming back and went 2-1 up with goals from Rebic and Brahim Diaz. The home side answered back after the break through Salah and won it with a Jordan Henderson strike.
Pioli spoke to Milan TV after the game to offer his thoughts on the performance, with his comments relayed by MilanNews and translated below.
“The match will tell us many things and made us understand what the level of the Champions League is. The impact was strong and we suffered at the start. Liverpool are a very strong team and the environment we know what it can give,” he began.
“There would have been the possibility of bringing home a positive result that would have been very useful in terms of the group and for our growth. We have to interpret the matches as we are trying to do. The level is very high but we are not far from this pace. We have to recover some important players but the level of performance has been good, there are positive things and we can grow.”
On things to improve: “It’s true that their pressure was strong but we could move better on the side chains with full-back and winger. Their pressure was very strong but when we managed to overcome this pressure we did well.”
On the mistake for the third goal: “We made a mistake and we will analyze well because at these levels mistakes are expensive”