AC Milan lost another valuable point in their battle for a place in the top four of Serie A on Wednesday night, when they drew 1-1 with Cremonese at home. Rossoneri coach Stefano Pioli reacted to the loss of points.
Another draw and another unnecessary loss of points to a below average Serie A team. The Rossoneri had a clear territorial advantage against Cremonese, but it was not enough to win. In the eleventh minute, Alexis Saelemaekers briefly put Milan in front.
However, after consulting VAR, the referee disallowed the goal for offside. And although the home side created several scoring opportunities in the match, they failed to convert them. For a long time it looked like a goalless division of points.
But then, after a good substitution, David Okereke took advantage of a breakaway situation to send the visitors into the lead. Although Stefano Pioli’s charges equalised 1-1 in injury time from a Júnior Messiás penalty, it was no consolation for AC fans. On the contrary.
The Rossoneri have recorded many draws with mediocre, sometimes even below average Serie A sides since the beginning of March. This is evidenced by the current draw with Cremonese, April’s point splits with Empoli and Bologna, or March’s failure at Udinese and draw with Salernitana.
Even so, Bologna have already surprised more big clubs in Serie A with their performance in the current season. It is therefore quite understandable that AC fans are unhappy with the league season. How did coach Pioli comment on the current situation?
We can do much better!
“Of course we are disappointed, that goes without saying, because we wanted to win and we knew that if we didn’t shift up a gear, we would struggle to be among the top four teams. Now we have to take the next three days and recharge all our batteries because we have to perform much better, especially in the second half,” Pioli said after the game.
AC are currently only sixth in the league table, having picked up 58 points in 33 games so far. What is the Milan coach’s biggest problem?
“For me, the big problem was that we lost concentration at the moment when we should have decided the game. We lacked the determination to break the tie. I saw an energetic team on the pitch, they had the right attitude at the beginning. But in the second half we lost patience, which ruined our plans,” he concluded.
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