Calabria: “We should be satisfied with our performance, it will take us some time to assimilate Giampaolo’s ideas”

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Davide Calabria during Bayern Munich-Milan at Children’s Mercy Park on July 23, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

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.”

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Some of our players should learn how to cross! hint hint 😉

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I hope you weren’t referring to Calabria who has the best crossing in Serie A. And certainly not Hernandez whose only problem is too much eagerness. The only problem is that their crosses are being wasted because nobody is getting into the right positions to convert them. But I trust that they will start being converted once our attack hits momentum.

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You hit the nail on the head about Theo. He’s really good, but has so much energy and atheticism that sometimes he goes out of control. When he learns how to play always under control, he will be one of the best LBs in the world. He’s like Marcelo, but taller and and stronger. The difference is that Marcelo knows exactly what to do with the ball at all times and never goes into the teeth of defenses like a raging maniac just because he can.

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It took a lot of time even for Marcelo. During his early years in Madrid he was criticized a lot for being a poor defender, until Jose Mourinho came and made he learn how to defend properly.