Alessio Romagnoli stated Milan’s performance at Udinese was not good, even if they deserved to get a penalty.
The honeymoon period of coach Marco Giampaolo did not even last a single game, as Milan lost to Udinese 1-0 on Matchday 1 of Serie A on Sunday evening.
Ricardo Rodriguez was celebrating his 27th birthday, while captain Alessio Romagnoli was celebrating his 150th start for Milan. However, the Rossoneri had no reasons to smile after the game as they deservedly lost to Udinese following an abysmal attacking performance.
“We know that we didn’t have a performance to the satisfactory standard, we must look ahead and work,” Romagnoli said in an interview with Sky Italia after the encounter. “We were too sterile in the possession phase, we were struggling to find the right passes to the attackers.
“The new signings? We trust in them, we trust in the work of the coach. I’m sure that everything will come out of training, it will take some time. Piątek? He must be patient, then the goal will come. Samir’s handball in the penalty area? I think the referee could have done something better, the images were clear. For me it was a penalty but now it’s gone.
“Mihajlović [who was on the bench of Bologna tonight against Hellas despite his leukemia]? I can only thank him, we all know that he is a warrior. He is strong, he needs everyone to come out of it.”
Speaking to MilanTV, Alessio said: “The penalty appeal? Incidents like that of the penalty can change the match and they make the difference. VAR should’ve seen that it was a clear hand-ball. It was a penalty and I don’t know how the referee could see that differently.
“The game? Our project needs time. We have time to work during the week and the coach is very prepared. The ideas will come. Celebrating 150 starts in Rossoneri? I’m extremely proud. It’s a historic club and it’s a source of great pride to be involved and to be captain.”