Bonucci: “It’s like a defeat, judging by how their second goal came I would say we can only improve from now on”

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Leonardo Bonucci talking to referee Maurizio Mariani at the end of Benevento-Milan at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on December 3, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Leonardo Bonucci talking to referee Maurizio Mariani at the end of Benevento-Milan at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on December 3, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

Leonardo Bonucci says it can’t possibly get worse for Milan after drawing Benevento and says the squad should look ahead with positivity.

After 14 straight defeats – Benevento Calcio finally won their first point of the season. And to the surprise of no-one, it was achieved against Milan.

Giacomo Bonaventura scored first for Milan (38′) but George Pușcaș equalized (50′). In the 58′-minute Jack’s cross found the head of Nikola Kalinić and the Croatian scored to give the lead back to the Rossoneri.

Milan had thought they were going to win the match, despite suffering a red card to Romagnoli (75′) but in the 95′ minute, Benevento got a free kick and it was goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli who beat everyone else to head the ball to the back of the net to make it 2-2 at the final whistle.

“The result? I think that many can say that they’ve never seen a finale like this in their career,” Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci told Sky Italia at the end of the match. “Congratulations to Brignoli who made a great goal. I’m sorry because we believed and we wanted to start the journey with the new coach in a different way. This week we worked so much physically and tactically.

“Yet we lack something. This team wants to recover from this moment. We have to get our head together on the pitch and improve in all situations. There were dubious officiating situations but we must look at what we have to do on the field in terms of play, aggression and organization.

Benevento players celebrating during Benevento-Milan at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on December 3, 2017.  (CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
Benevento players celebrating during Benevento-Milan at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on December 3, 2017. (CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

“The week after the change of coach? It’s been a mix… when you change coaches there is always a sort of regret for the change, but we immediately started to follow Mr. Gattuso with our head and body. Now we have to continue on a road of work, unite more and more, sacrifice and right together.

“What should Gattuso say to the team? I think the coach has a lot of charisma, character and experience to be able to transmit the right words to the team to reverse the trend, today it was an ugly draw. We have to reassemble all together and look forward with positivity.

“It cannot be worse than this, we must look forward with our heads held high and with positivity and desire to improve ourselves. It’s like a defeat, what counted today was getting the three points and conceding a goal like this is bad. We got a point, and we start again.”

Leonardo Bonucci, Alessio Romagnoli and referee Maurizio Mariani during Benevento-Milan at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on December 3, 2017. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
Leonardo Bonucci, Alessio Romagnoli and referee Maurizio Mariani during Benevento-Milan at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on December 3, 2017. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

Speaking to MilanTV, Bonucci said: “We are not at all happy, it’s frustrating not to bring home the three points in such a complicated and important moment of the season, after changing coaches. The win could have given us a boost, instead, we are talking again about the things we are lacking.

“We need to leave this behind and look forward with our heads up, always trying to improve. We have what it takes to bounce back. We need to raise our game, in defense, when keeping possession of the ball, in being more assertive. We need to keep working on the pitch to be aware of our strengths.

George Pușcaș scoring during Benevento-Milan at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on December 3, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
George Pușcaș scoring during Benevento-Milan at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on December 3, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

“I’ve always looked ahead in my career. You can only achieve your goals through desire and sacrifice, and being always there for your teammates. If we all reason this way, we will achieve our goals. Judging by how their second goal came, I would say we can only improve from now on.”

Milan are in very real, very deep crisis as they have 21 points after 15 games, 18 points less than league leaders Inter. It’s repeated time after time in the last weeks, but something has to change.

15 COMMENTS

  1. I never got coaches….. they see something is not working, they insist on doing the same.
    Like just switch to a 4231 formation already
    Donna
    Borini-Bonucci-Ramognoli-rodrigez
    ———biglia-kessie—–
    Suso—-chalanouglu—-bonaventura
    ———–andresilva——————

    Just play the best players… if the system is not working is because
    the others team have figured out the system, then a change is needed.

  2. u shout up cause most fans here tend to be confuse u were one of those that saw bonucchi as a domigod and begged that montolivo to be axed and today I r singing from ur tiny hole ,captain hand band is not Milan problem ,Milan needs to be relegated to gain confidence in seria b….this club has lost focus and our players r retarded and worn out ,they lack football ideas,they don’t understand modern football .believe me the season is so over ,see how inter Milan r rocketing they have not lost a match this season and only 3 draw

  3. It all starts with the management. Instead of spending 200 million on Whole new team, they should have bought Aubameyang, Silva, Bonucci, Rodriguez and one world class midfielder. Mix those players with some existing ones and promote the young ones and I bet we would have been better off. Imagine what Silva and Auba could do with good creative midfield! Cutrone could learn a lot too from Auba and Locatelli could learn a lot from world class midfielder. Instead Milan bought Kalinic, Çalhanoğlu, Kassie, Borini and those players are killing us.

  4. Some player don’t deserve this club, all the sub was very poor except Abate….. biglia, zapata, kalanic, kessie don’t deserve to be Milan player, kessie is too lazy only believe in power, biglia always makes mistake in every match, suso….should stop dribbling and play with the team, zapata just can’t help….. Lastly Gattuso….cannot help the situation like this, you are leading with 2-1 you changed your defence to 5men defence with just a small Club like bonavento….playing defensive game, imagine if it’s Napoli…..or inter,juv….he will use all the players as defender. Gattuso can’t do this job I will remind you next month again

    • Comment:what do you expect after a red card and leading. to bring in more attackers? it’s just funny how most ppl on here analyze football… if we had won you wouldn’t had said he brought in 5 defenders….

  5. Comment:if you too can not change from this 3 men defence,you would still face more nuisance than Montella.
    our solution is to get back to 4-3-3 formation

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