Marco Giampaolo focused on the positives he saw against Cesena in the 0-0 draw and pretty much confirmed the 11 that started yesterday will also play on Matchday 1 of Serie A.
Pre-season is now officially over for Milan as they played their last game of the preparation last night against Cesena.
While the Rossoneri fans expected a walk in the part for Milan against the Serie C side, Cesena proved to be a very impressive side and the Diavolo struggled greatly against them. Goalkeeper Federico Agliardi produced some great saves to deny the boys of Marco Giampaolo, but Gigio Donnarumma also had work cut out for him during the match.
Overall, Milan did not have a good game and couldn’t pick up the win at Stadio Dino Manuzzi. It was certainly not the game Milanisti wanted to see one week before the start of the Serie A season.
“The game was tough and demanding,” Giampaolo told MilanTV. “Our opponents made us sweat a lot. This was a good work out for us. There are a lot of things to work on, but the team played with the right attitude, that was positive. They didn’t hold back. There are still things we need to sort out and we need to settle in the most recent arrivals, they need to adapt to the team’s way of thinking.
“There is still a long road ahead of us, because one misreading of a situation can damage us. The team is currently made of delicate bonds. Our philosophy would be to always press high but when you do that, you leave 50m open behind you and if everyone isn’t in order and well-positioned, you don’t always know want to do, you end up risking a lot. Such a way of playing is ambitious but it takes time and a meticulous approach. This is what we are working on and it’s something I need to work on with the whole squad.
“There are players I’ve only trained twice, and they still need to be sorted. The players who started the match are the players I can rely on the most at the moment because they have been working together and know what to do. We need time and work, and patience. We’re well-aware of it.
“Duarte? He has only trained once with me, he doesn’t know anything of what I ask of the team. The only reason I brought him on was because Musacchio was having some muscular issues. At the moment, the most reliable defensive duo is Musacchio and Romagnoli. Duarte has just arrived, he has to work and learn a lot of things. That goes for Duarte as it does for many others. Bennacer? I haven’t coached Bennacer yet, so we’re a good way off with Bennacer.”
Giampaolo also had an interview with Sky Italia: “Physically it was a tough game. Clearly we can’t be very sharp right now, but w’re not very interested in being sharp in friendly matches. The game will give us indications to understand how we can improve and work better. We are particularly dependent on narrow margins that keep the balance which must be assimilated, perfected and made clear to those who have only had two or three training sessions with us.
“I had one session with Leão, none with Bennacer, two with Kessié, Paquetá three and also Duarte had three. There are players who have quality, but don’t know what’s happening in the collective thought process because they didn’t train for a month with the rest of the squad. The others must improve. When I said it’d take time, I meant it, because I knew it would be like this and I am not looking for short-cuts. If we want to play positive football in the opposition half, then we need to maintain it with a delicate balance. It’s just a matter of time and working together, as so far I’ve only done that with a handful of players who as of today give me guarantees.
“Piątek’s #9 curse? I’m not superstitious. The tests show he feels pain and fatigue a lot more than the others, so naturally he takes longer to shake off the strain of pre-season training regimes.”