Filippo Inzaghi saw his Milan getting back to winning ways in the Coppa Italia but the coach claims they have to other ways to win they play badly.
After losing to Sassuolo and drawing Torino in Serie A, Milan got their ‘Champions League’ of this season – the Coppa Italia – and managed to get a win despite yet another unconvincing (yet better than recently) performance.
Giampaolo Pazzini scored first, Nicola Sansose equalized through a rather dubious penalty but Nigel De Jong scored in the final moments of the game to win Milan the 2-1 win.
“We deserved to win,” Inzaghi told the Milan Channel at the end of the match yesterday. “It’s hard to react after conceding a penalty like the one they awarded against us. We dealt with it well and found the winning goal. We’re happy to progress but let’s now think about Atalanta.
“The second half against Sassuolo and first half against Torino weren’t up to the standard of our expectations. Big sides have to know how to win even playing badly. When we play well, we win well. Oppositely, if we don’t play well we’re often not able to get a result. It’s not always easy to play well, we have to win in other ways. This is what we have to improve on.
“Pazzini? I know his value. We’re in abundance in attack with Alessio Cerci, Jeremy Menez, Stephan El Shaarawy, Pazzini, Giacomo Bonaventura and M’Baye Niang and I am happy. I hope that we can prepare the match against Atalanta in a relaxed manner and play well and entertain our fans.”
Inzaghi also spoke to Rai TV: “We had 16 shots on goal, 13 inside the area, hit the post and hit the bar. And then there was the penalty… I didn’t see us in difficulty. We didn’t suffer in the first half and we scored a goal. They all did well upfront, otherwise they wouldn’t have created so much.
“Against Torino it was hard because of De Sciglio being sent off and Muntari’s yellow card. The squad must get back to how it was before the winter break. I’m more balanced than the opinions that are made in Italy. Every so often the side falls back into its fears. I asked the team to play football & enjoy themselves.
“I know I can rely on Pazzini. I also have Menez in that role, we have lots of options. El Shaarawy ran hard. I try and use the attacking strengths of the side when I can. Menez and Pazzini have different characteristics. Menez has played a lot. I would have liked to have played Pazzini more. If Pazzini gives these kind of performances, I will always keep him in consideration.”
Pippo held a post-match presser: “The penalty was a blow, but the team did well after the penalty and showed character and reacted after 10 difficult days. Against Torino it was a hard match, but in the team’s growth there will also be negative days. I never got ahead of myself and I won’t get down now.
“We now have to recover our energy for Sunday. It’s important to me to have lots of quality in attack. Unfortunately I cannot play all of them and I will have to choose on each occasion who to play. To have all of this choice is definitely an advantage.
“The criticisms don’t affect me. It’s disappointing to read fabrications, but we will move forwards. I have always said that to remain at a certain level we must always give our all. We’ve had a tough week. We weren’t Milan for various reasons which we’ve analyzed. Players are now coming back and I think as of tonight we already saw some important signs.
“This side has always played with character. In 10 men against Torino we showed great character. Today was the Milan that we saw before the winter break. Let’s hope it’s a good sign ahead of the next match. We played 2 months without our international full-backs. Ignazio is a player that when he’s fit is an international. He is back after 2 months out injured and did very well just like the rest of the squad.
“Cerci? He didn’t surprise me. I’ve been asking the club for him since June. The objective was to give him 30 minutes against Torino and play him from the start tonight. I struggled to take him off because I saw he was running well and was doing well. He arrived here with humility and I like this.
“De Sciglio was playing very well and he had a problem again with the sole of his foot. Let’s hope it isn’t anything serious. Muntari’s calf injury? He will have a scan on Wednesday.”