Sinisa Mihajlovic didn’t spare any criticism as Milan’s B team (plus youngsters) won 3-2 against a Serie C side in a rather unconvincing fashion.
Ten Milan players are on international duty so Sinisa Mihajlovic let those who usually spend their time on the bench to show what they can do and was left thoroughly unimpressed with what the B team of his side can produce, even against Mantova F.C, who scored twice.
“If we think that we can win just because we are called Milan, then we’re going nowhere,” Miha said. “It was a game we needed to get minutes in our legs, but when someone doesn’t play, they can’t complain – this performance is why they don’t play.
“I have doubts in every area of the team. Perhaps the attack is the department with fewest problems. At the back we played two Primavera players but we have no excuses because they are also players of Milan. Today those who haven’t played much were given a chance and they showed why they are reserves.
“I’m not talking about anyone in particular but about everyone. Balotelli? We played against a Serie C side. He is not in good shape and has to improve, just like all the others, otherwise he won’t play.”
Balotelli scored first after three minutes with a great shot from outside the box. Mantova scored twice and got the lead but Balo provided an assist to Poli off a corner and Andrea equalized. In the second half Balotelli earned a penalty for Luiz Adriano to score the winning goal from the spot.
“The match today was an important chance for us to improve on our match fitness and to see those who’ve played less. It was not a positive match though and I was expecting something more from the players,” The coach said in the post-match conference at the end of the game at Stadio Martelli.
“However, even in the negative moments I saw a positive, which is that I know who I can rely on and who I can’t rely on. The derby is a big match that we need to prepare well for. I didn’t get the positive responses that I wanted today. The performances out on the pitch are what matter, those that don’t deserve to won’t play. Balotelli? It’s been a long time since he last played and needs to work on his match fitness.
“I expected more from those that have been playing with us since the start. I am referring to everyone, we should have done better. Montolivo? He was so-so; from the others I expected more. We’ll have to see who we can count on for the derby, I have to select players who will run and who will have the desire to play.
“Bonaventura? He can play in the 3/4tista role but let’s see who will play that role in the derby. On Saturday and today he was one of the better players. We hope that none of the international players come back with injuries. We need to have the courage to play the derby just like we are preparing for it.
“Luiz Adriano? He is a penalty taker, just like Balotelli, but Mario gave him the chance to take it. Mario needs to regain his match fitness, when he is ready he will play. The market? It’s the past now.”
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