AC Milan failed to beat Atalanta away from home this afternoon, losing the game after conceding a whopping five goals. In other words, they were completely dominated by the home side.
The Rossoneri conceded just one goal in the first half, but once Atalanta added another in the second half, Pioli’s men crumbled and seemingly gave up. After the game, the manager spoke to DAZN (via MilanNews.it) about the performance.
“It had to be handled in a different way, we entered the field with little clarity. If you make a mistake in these complicated games, the approach becomes difficult to remedy.
“Too many mistakes were made. We have to work better, all of us, me first. Today’s performance was seriously insufficient,” he began.
When asked about how this could have happened, Pioli took on responsibility for the poor outing. According to him, it all derives from a poor week of preparation, which certainly is worrying given how important this game was for them.
“When you have a very young team, staying in the game with the difficulties isn’t easy. Such a performance obviously derives from a bad week, the responsibilities are mine,” he continued.
As the January transfer window is just around the corner, the manager was also asked about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been heavily linked with the Rossoneri in recent weeks. Obviously, he would welcome the Swedish international in January.
“Ibrahimovic? I have said that he’s a great champion, he would certainly raise competitiveness and increase the desire and determination,” he concluded.