Giacomo Bonaventura thought Milan can win against Inter and insists ‘we need to eliminate individual errors’.
Milan lost 3-2 to Inter last night and are already 7 points behind fourth place and the Champions League zone.
Suso and Jack Bonaventura (56′, 80′) scored for the Diavolo in the second half, but a Mauro Icardi hat-trick (28′, 63′, 90′ pk) won the Derby della Madonnina for the Nerazzurri. Milan did very well in the second half but once again they are staying with compliments – and no points.
“We were all dreaming of a different result, in the second half we played well,” Bonaventura told MilanTV at the end of the match at San Siro. “We are sorry to our fans, but I want to think about the positive aspects of this match. Bouncing back? We have to focus on the next match, it’s not easy to play every three days but we are improving with time. On Sunday we played good football.
“The standings [Milan are in 10th with just 12 points out of 24]? We are behind, but we have changed our system of play and have 11 new players. A false start can happen. The team is improving game after game. But now it’s time to work hard to bounce back and climb the table.”
Speaking to Premium Sport, the 27-year-old said: “We raised the bar in the second half, I thought we were going to win the game. Perhaps we were a little too unbalanced. We are all sorry for the defeat but the team is going to play better after this game. The second half? The coach asked us to get up and press more. We held the ball more and Inter had lowered so it was easier to be dangerous.
“Errors? We need to eliminate individual errors, these matches often are won on those errors. So many new players arrived, we changed the formation and the preparation, so a difficult start can happen. It’s not a complete disaster, we’re back, but we have to lower our head and try to recover.
“The change of formation? It took a while to adapt, now things are better. This year we have played differently, this year the coach tries to field all the quality he has. It’s up to us to adapt and do everything to help the team. The coach cannot turn the team around me and Suso. Last year I played often as a mezz’ala [side midfielder, half-winger], we always played with 4-3-3 and it helped us a lot.
“Montella has so many new players, it’s not easy.” Bonaventura and Suso both thrive on the wings but coach Montella said that since they’re his only wingers, the 4-3-3 is not sustainable this season.