Davide Calabria said Milan should focus on the positives as it’s ‘only the beginning’ after losing 1-0 to Bayern.
Milan began their 2019 ICC path last night with a 1-0 defeat against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. The Rossoneri, who have only been in training for two weeks, were missing a lot of players, but still managed to have a decent display.
“It was a tough match because we’ve been training intensely, even yesterday’s session was tough despite it being a warm-up session, we focused on defense and we have double training sessions every day despite the games we have to face,” fullback Calabria, who played both as a right back and then after Theo Hernandez’s injury also as a left back, said in an interview with MilanTV at the end of the game.
“The workload takes its toll on us and it’s not easy to sustain the full 90 minutes, one becomes less reactive than usual but it’s normal during the pre-season. Bayern were more match fit because of their match of August 2 in which they have a cup match to play in Germany, so it’s normal that they were more energetic. However, I believe we played well and have some good ideas to build on.
“We have to improve on certain aspects but physically we held up quite well. We will evaluate our performance with the coach in the days ahead. We should be satisfied with our performance in this match, we need to be more clinical in front of goal, but let’s look at the positives as this is just the beginning. We have to apply the ideas that we’ve been working on for the past 10-15 days.
“Obviously, we were unable to apply of all of the coach’s notions because of the travelling, preparations and so on. It will take us some time to assimilate his ideas, but in the coming days he will tell us what went well and what we have to improve.”