Pioli confesses he ‘did not expect’ Milan’s recent decline: “It’s a hard blow”

AC Milan got knocked out by their city rivals Inter in the Supercoppa Italiana final, losing 3-0 in Saudi Arabia. Stefano Pioli will rightfully be questioned and he shared his thoughts with the media after full-time

The Rossoneri conceded two goals very early in the first half, both due to a defensive collapse, and then tried to get back into the game. However, instead of finding the back of the net, they conceded yet another goal in the second half.

Speaking to, as cited by MilanNews, Pioli shared his thoughts on what is a painful loss for Milan. He admitted that he didn’t expect the recent decline we have seen but also said they will do everything to recover.

On the game…

“We didn’t have a first half up to par for a match like this. We tried to get back with a good start to the second half, but then faded again.”

How do you explain these errors?

“We’re not used to making these mistakes, then if you make them against these opponents… We’re not having our best moment mentally. We have to do more and do better.”

How do you start again?

“The only way we know how: working better to raise our level. It’s a defeat that hurts us a lot, but the season is ongoing and we have to find ourselves.”

Did you have feelings of this mental decline?

“I didn’t expect it. I know my players and I always expect positive performances. At the moment we find it hard to react to a mistake, we find it hard to stay as a team and we only react individually. The latest results have had an impact.”

Theo isn’t helping you…

“I wouldn’t talk about attitude. There’s attention in these matches. It’s not fair to point the finger at individuals. We need to rediscover that mental lightness that allows us to play the football we know.”

Are you more concerned with defense or attack?

“There are many situations in which we need to improve. I know it’s a hard blow, but we’ll have the strength to react.”

How much do you miss Maignan?

“The opponents were very aggressive, we needed more precise movements off the ball. Mike has a slightly longer kick, but we needed to do better on other movements.”

Milan will now have several days to work on their game as their next encounter will take place on Tuesday next week. Lazio away from home awaits and that will certainly be a tough one for Pioli’s men.

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