Club captain Alessio Romagnoli knows that AC Milan were nowhere near good enough in their defeat to Udinese on Sunday.
The Rossoneri lost 1-0 at the Stadio Friuli and failed to register a single shot on target in what was both a lacklustre and frustrating performance in equal measure.
A lot of talk in preseason had been about Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2 and whether certain players would be able to adapt – especially Suso.
It appeared in Udinese that there are more than just teething problems, to the extent that the Milan boss has come out and confirmed that he will be changing formation.
Romagnoli, who was one of the players who can hold his head high after the game, knows that things must improve.
“We know we have not performed to our level, we must move ahead and work,” he told Sky Italia, as per MilanNews.it.
“We were too sterile in the possession phase, we were struggling to find the right passes for the attackers.
On the new signings: “We trust in them, we trust in the work of the coach, I’m sure that everything will come out of training, it will take some time.”
There was a moment of controversy inside the last 10 minutes when the referee consulted VAR as Udinese defender Samir appeared to handle the ball – however it was not given.
“I think the referee could have done better; the images were clear. For me it was penalty, but now it’s gone.”
On Piatek, Romagnoli added: “He must be patient, he must be patient, then the goal will come.”
Speaking to Milan TV (via MilanNews.it), Romagnoli said: “VAR had to see that it was a clear hand.
“These are incidents that change the game and make a difference. It was a penalty, I don’t know how the referee saw it differently.
“The coach is very prepared. The project takes time, we have to work during the week. The ideas will come.”
It was an important landmark for the former Roma man as he racked up 150 appearances for the club.
“I am very proud, it is a historic club, being part of it and being its captain is a source of pride.”
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