Pioli: “We wanted to win, we didn’t succeed, it means that we will have to do even better”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has admitted that his side were unlucky not to get all three points against Sassuolo, but that they must be more clinical in front of goal.

Milan would not get the present they wanted on the celebration of their 120th birthday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Sassuolo.

The game was far from eventless despite the lack of goals as 38-year-old goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo produced a number of impressive stops to thwart the Rossoneri.

Milan also had a goal controversially disallowed after Franck Kessie was adjudged to have handled the ball before Theo Hernandez’s effort was deflected in.

The result means Milan are stuck in 10th place in the table ahead of a tricky trip to Atalanta before the Christmas break.

Pioli spoke to Sky Italia after the game, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.it.

“We could have done something more in the first half with a little more precision, in the second half we did everything, we shot on goal so many times,” he said.

“We had 9/10 clear chances, we wanted to win, we didn’t succeed, it means that we will have to do even better.

On Leao: “There is the possibility for everyone to be ready and to be lined up. I have many good players, today he came in well, the team did well and played very professionally.

“With a little more determination we would have taken home three points. We have to think about the next race and be even more precise at the technical level, we have made mistakes that can cost us.

On Bonaventura: “The more players that have a sense of the game and the ability to read situations, the better we can play. Today we played a good game, we lacked the quality of scoring, in the second half we created a lot.

“Maybe we had to play some more direct balls and look for depth. on what we have created, we must find that precision and that determination to be able to score. Our limit is this, we must create goals and more.

On Piatek: “Kris has definitely grown in these two games. We also need balance in the evaluations. We all had to do better in the last sixteen meters and improve in the dribble out.”


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