Filippo Inzaghi won’t resign but there are rumours that Cristian Brocchi could take over already today after Milan lost again in a bad display.
Milan suffered yet another defeat last night and were outclassed by an opponent that hadn’t beaten them at San Siro in 57 years as they lost 2-1 to Genoa.
After the match it was stated on the Milan Channel that it’s ‘a night of reflection’ in regards to the future of coach Inzaghi and the Italian media suggests that Cristian Brocchi – another former Milan player who is currently in charge of the Primavera, could be promoted to be a caretaker manager until the end of the season next month.
A final decision is expected to be taken by Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani today and after the match on Wednesday the former striker admitted this may be the end of the road for him.
“Whatever happens, Milan will always be in my heart. I have been here for a long time, I am calm and I always try and give my all,” Inzaghi told the Milan Channel. We’re struggling to understand what is happening right now. I worked a lot on the players’ mentality. Against Udinese our approach was wrong. We have tried since then to stay together and find a solution. We haven’t been able to.
“Compared to the Udinese match, we tried to turn the situation around against Genoa. We have to move forwards if I am given the chance and try and finish the season in a dignified manner. We have decided to end the training retreat. Together with the club we have made this decision. The coaching staff and I will head back to Milanello, and the players are free to do what they maintain is best.”
Inzaghi also spoke in the post-match press conference: “Resign? No resignation, I think it is cowardly. I give my all like I always did as a player. I would only resign if I didn’t see the team trying. This is a tough moment and everyone has to take their responsibilities. We have to move forwards and work hard.”
“We’re not happy tonight. The team compared to the match against Udinese tried to do better. There is little to say Genoa deserved to win. We accept the result. The team had tried to work hard, but it’s not enough. The light went out after the derby with Inter and it’s hard to switch it back on. We have to end the season well.
“I am sorry for the club and for the President. I think the only time that the team didn’t give their all was the match away at Udinese. Tonight we played badly, but the players gave all they had. They fought, but it was not enough. We have to maintain a cool head and not blame a certain area of the team. There are very few excuses and we have to move forwards.
“This squad was able to beat Napoli and hold Roma to a draw. I am disappointed that we then lost so many players to injury. This squad is worth more than the amount of points collected, but we should have done more. In training I think the players have always given their very best. I think the problem right now is a mental one.
“The situation in the locker room? Christian Abbiati and Riccardo Montolivo simply said what was written was false. The players all agreed to go into a training retreat. We worked for 3 days to try and win this match. If I am given the chance I will try and find the solution.”
Milan’s next two matches against Napoli and Roma and it’s hard to believe that this side will be able to get even one point from these matches, especially with Philippe Mexes and Jeremy Menez both suspended for the game on Sunday. Europe is no longer a possibility and the blame is on everyone.
“This is football. There are bad nights and this is always the risk for a Coach,” Inzaghi told Sky Italia. “I am disappointed, as the team wanted to stay in the retreat to become more united and prepare a different kind of game. Compared to Udine, we undoubtedly gave it our all, but we met a Genoa side that is in better shape and deserved to win. We gave all we had, which ultimately isn’t very much right now and certainly isn’t enough. We played badly. It’s true that after the retreat I expected more, but what can I say?
“Now we have to try and end this season in a dignified manner. The tactics are fairly irrelevant, as when you struggle like this there are other aspects. A light went off inside of us after the derby and we are having trouble finding it again. When we meet a team like Genoa that is in better shape and deserves to win, we can only tip our hats to them.
“My future? I never give up, as that is how I approached my career as a player too. I walk with my head held high, the club will make its evaluations and I accept any decision they choose.
“Tomorrow (Today) we will know. I know it was a long time ago, but we did beat Napoli and it all went wrong after the series of injuries. I have few regrets, I am sorry our last two performances were so bad – the worst being this and the one against Lazio.”