AC Milan failed to capitalise yet another opportunity to capture three points as Udinese held out the Rossoneri to a 1-1 draw at San Siro. It was Franck Kessie’s 97th minute penalty that helped Milan salvage a point in what was a disappointing display.
One man who was critical of Milan’s display against Udinese was former legendary manager Arrigo Sacchi.
Speaking after the match to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) he said: “What a struggle: a draw in the 97th minute, against Udinese, a physical and tactical team, a complicated opponent to face carefully.”
The former tactician went on to mention Milan may have got ahead of themselves after the victory against Roma last weekend.
“Pioli’s boys came from the success with Roma, it was thought that the slight crisis had been overcome, but this was not the case. The fogging, therefore, was not physical but mental. They were not used to. The demand for victories can produce stress for the Rossoneri, which if governed could become a surplus, otherwise it would be a cumbersome and harmful burden,” he said.
Milan lacked ‘rhythm’ & ‘aggression’, Sacchi added: “The Rossoneri faced Wednesday’s match without verve, decision, speed, rhythm and aggression: all this worsened a team that was scattered around the field.”
And furthermore, he pointed out attackers Leao, Rebic and the overall showing of the team who had made more shots on target than Udinese but still failed to manage a goal from open play.
He said: “Rafael Leao made little movement, Rebic was the shadow of the tip admired a few days earlier in Rome. Pioli’s men were therefore less team than usual and this cannot happen: given their young age and lack of experience, everyone’s personality can only improve thanks to enthusiasm and an organic, collaborative and synergistic collective.”
But nonetheless, Sacchi praised Pioli for the progress throughout the season. “Good work to Pioli and his team, and in any case congratulations for the extraordinary progress made. Tomorrow is another day,” he said.
Meanwhile, Inter are winless in their last five matches and sit on top of Serie A, well in line to win the Scudetto.