AC Milan failed to rise to the big occasion last night as they were beaten 3-1 by Borussia Dortmund at San Siro which leaves them needing a miracle to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.
Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) recalls that with their win Dortmund have mathematically secured a spot in the round of 16 of the tournament, while with their loss Milan’s hopes are hanging by a thread.
Currently last in their group, to progress to the next round the Rossoneri will have to win in Newcastle and hope that Dortmund beat PSG at home, which seems like a very tall order indeed.
The paper speaks about ‘the nightmare of going from the semi-final of a season ago to a sensational elimination in the groups can only make the next few days incandescent for Pioli’.
Not even the presence of tennis champion Jannik Sinner made a difference, nor did Zlatan Ibrahimović being in the stands alongside Gerry Cardinale as they watched the second half unravel.
The result and the injury sustained by Malick Thiaw – the 26th since the start of the season – illustrates why today the ownership’s trust in the coach ‘has reached its lowest point’.