Fabio Borini stated ‘football is also like this’ and said ‘I try to learn the defensive phase every day’ after playing as a wingback in the 2-0 defeat to Roma.
Milan lost their first match at San Siro this season, and their third in total, as Edin Dzeko and Alessandro Florenzi scored in the 72′ and 77′ minutes respectively to give Roma the three points.
Borini was given his second consecutive start, this time as a right wingback, and he was perhaps the best Milan player on the pitch last night. His performance, however, was not enough, as the Diavolo are getting far from the fourth place which leads to the Champions League (they’re 9 points below the perfect Napoli).
“Football is also like this, you can dominate the entire game, then a deflected ball goes in. It was not like the other defeats,” Borini told Sky. “The position? In these past weeks I have trained and applied a great deal on this role. There is time, I have the legs, I can run up and down, that’s what it takes.
“The derby [against Inter on October 15th]? We will play to win three points, we will play a derby. We’re still in October, the derby has a different emotional aspect for us and the city. I’ve changed many shirts [been to many clubs]? Now I am at Milan and therefore it has been positive.”
Speaking to MilanTV, the ex-Roma man, who arrived in the summer transfer window from Sunderland, said: “We lacked only the goal, we gave everything we had on the pitch: grit, determination, desire, the same sacrifice that led Çalhanoğlu to receive a red card to stop their counterattack.
“My role? I had never played in this role before, but if the coach wants me to play here I am happy to do so. I try to learn the defensive phase every day, also because I think of myself as a forward and it’s not easy. Lack of results? We have to work on being more compact and our desire to win.
“We must never stop believing, even in the practice matches at Milanello.” Borini will have time during the international break to convince Montella that he deserves a start against Inter as well.