Fabio Borini said ‘hand or no hand, VAR or no VAR, we must be in the match’ after Milan lost their opening match.
Milan’s 2019/20 campaign started in a bad defeat to Udinese away from home. The Rossoneri struggled a great deal and couldn’t even make one shot on target.
Marco Giampaolo put trust in the players who were in the squad last season, and used an XI without any new signings. It was the first official match of some of them in their new roles, including of Borini who played as a side midfielder.
“It’s a process that needs to be trusted,” Borini told MilanTV. “We’ve changed many things in the way we play and the way we view the match. Udinese were well-prepared, waiting for us and then using the counter-attack. In these type of cases, we struggle in the development of our play. It’s something for us to improve on. It’s the first match and we’re disappointed with the result but there is still a long way to go in the league.
“The penalty appeal? Hand or no hand, VAR or no VAR, we must be in the match. VAR was used a lot today but the difference is made by not conceding and staying focused. The work of the coach? It’s the first match but it’s no excuse. We must have faith in the process and what the club is planning. The coach’s ideas are suited to Milan and they’re decisive to our play.
“The requests from the mezz’ali? Being wide depends on how the opponents wait for you. If they wait for you inside then they’re less spaces. Suso was unable to find any balls because there was a lot of density, we mezz’ali must sacrifice ourselves to find an outlet for another teammate. In the defensive phase there’s a lot of running, I have to improve a lot in this role, it’s the first official game but I have a lot of determination.”