Pioli: “I expected more, we were lacking lucidity and made costly mistakes, it was a step backwards, Suso? It is wrong to single out the individual”

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Stefano Pioli during Roma-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on October 27, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

Stefano Pioli believes Milan caused their own demise against Roma and says the Rossoneri should learn from this match.

After conceding in injury-time against Lecce on Pioli’s debut, the Rossoneri visited Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening in hope of getting a vital victory.

Pioli used the same XI that started in the last Matchday. It started well for the Diavolo who had a few early chances, but as the game progressed, Milan regressed.

After the decent start, the Rossoneri were constantly giving the ball away, couldn’t string three passes together, couldn’t mark properly, couldn’t attack properly and pretty much did not do anything right beside gifting Roma chance after chance to score. The performers who did not disappoint were Gianluigi Donnarumma, who saved Milan on numerous occasions, and Theo Hernández.

Edin Džeko (38′) took advantage of criminal marking from Franck Kessié on a set-piece to score a header, while Nicolò Zaniolo (59′) took advantage of Davide Calabria’s ridiculously-bad pass to give Roma the lead back after Theo Hernández had temporarily equalized the score (55′).

Roma players celebrating at the end of Roma-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on October 27, 2019. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

“I expected more, yes,” Pioli told Sky Italia. “Over the two games, we frankly gave our contribution to the failed victories. We made mistakes that were too important for the team that we are. We had done well enough in the first half and ran few risks, then there was the second half. The inertia of the game would’ve been more in our favor than in theirs had we not given away that goal. There’s no point denying it, the situation is negative right now and we keep making clear errors.

“The lost balls? The most evident errors were on the two goals, but they weren’t the only ones. We knew Roma would press some of our passing lines and not others, but we gave the ball away so cheaply. We knew there would be issues on set plays, as Roma have a lot of height, but even then we could’ve done better. I saw the performance as a step backwards compared to the Lecce game last week.

Franck Kessié and Javier Pastore during Roma-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on October 27, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

“Midfield? It was difficult to play in the middle, Roma was packed with a lot of players. If the ball moves slowly from the back, it becomes difficult to create any spaces. It’s useless to single out the individual or the department, we have to work on many directions, especially on attention. With a little more focus and concentration, we could’ve kept the match in the balance for longer. We were imprecise and paid the price for that. A big mistake made us concede, then we tried but we didn’t find our feet.

“If we were lacking ‘nastiness’? I don’t think it was missing, but we made too many wrong decisions and that is costly against a side on the same level as you. We needed to play better on a technical level, with more precise passing, and we just didn’t do that. After the draw, even if it was merited, we had to manage things better. After the 2-1 or Roma, they closed down well and it was more complicated for us.

Theo Hernández during Roma-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on October 27, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

“Courage? There were some good situations, but we didn’t press them when they had the ball and once Roma took the lead, it became dangerous on the counter-attack. I believe we have the quality to be more dangerous in attack than we were tonight and to be more solid than we were. At this level, the games are in the balance and the slightest detail can make the difference. I don’t believe we were negative or lacking in courage, but we conceded goals in avoidable situations and that had a psychological knock-on effect.

“Piątek? My idea is to get the best out of all my players, but I’ve only been working with them for 10 days. After the good collective performance against Lecce, I decided it was best not to make too many changes, so we could try to build some consistency. Clearly, we want to get back to winning ways, but we need to prove it on the pitch. It’s too easy to say that.”

Krzysztof Piątek at the end of Roma-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on October 27, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Pioli said: “If I have the feeling that I’ve found a cluttered environment? The guys work well during the week. They are attentive and determined. We haven’t been able to bring this determination into the field. What we regret, beyond the merits of our opponents, are our demerits.

“How was Suso? It’s wrong to single out the individual. We need to look for global improvement. We started well and we could’ve addressed it differently. How were Milan? They work well on the pitch, know what to do and have quality. If Roma, with all of their difficulties, have only lost once, then it means something. We didn’t get crushed, but we put ourselves in difficulty.

“Defensive Marking? I’m saying that we could have accepted if Džeko had scored by jumping over Kessié, but not like that. We have to be more careful otherwise it seems that winning, equalizing and losing is always the same. We have to give more.”

Suso during Roma-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on October 27, 2019. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

Pioli also spoke to MilanTV: “We lacked concentration and lucidity because we should have held onto the draw. We had started the second half on the right foot, it was a balanced game. We knew every detail could have been decisive and unfortunately we lacked lucidity and made costly mistakes.

“We have to work on many aspects, we have to do more. If we take a look at this evening’s performance, Roma didn’t dominate the game, nor did they play better than us. The same stands for Lecce, but we still have one point from two games, and there’s a lot to improve. Plenty of chances Roma had arrived from our mistakes, where we made poor passes, failing to control the game. Losing the ball in certain areas of the pitch can be risky. This is something that we have to change.

Stefano Pioli during Roma-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on October 27, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

“We mustn’t forget this game, we must learn from it to understand what we need to improve and get back to winning ways. We have to start winning again, we must believe in this and show that we are capable of doing it.”

After 9 games, Milan find themselves with just 10 points. They already lost 5 times this season, and with games against SPAL, Lazio, Juventus and Napoli coming up, there are few reasons for optimism.

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Only zlatan can save us now!!! Oh and drop biglia, suso, and play borini at full bk, never thought I’d say that, but got to be safer then them 2 clowns. Give rebic a start and play leao on left flank with theo, that’s frightening. Need them points quick and hard games coming up, so Maldini pick phone up and pay zlatan whatever he wants.

Jawadhaz
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Jawadhaz

Leao on right side. Rebic on left, and theo also flanking left.

dapito
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dapito

pioli, you must think out the box, so you can count another players football not clowns squad… try theo as left foward and leao as right foward… then you must bring RR and maybe you should put borini as RB… and you have big homework for DM… you can try kessie or krunic… or you can playing musa as DM…
and you said we must learn and after bad result for 2 games, you must please kick suso and biglia to junior team until january so you can put their to transfer list…

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nick

Bla bla bla. If Pioli continues to rely on underperforming players like Suso and Biglia the team will not improve. Leao is not on the same level as Piatek. His finishing is so horrible that I don’t even know why Pioli rely on him as a CF. Bizarre! We should have signed Christian Kouamé instead. Wasted money spent on Leao. Smh. The only good signings were Theo Hernández and Bennacer. Yet this clueless management want CL football? What laughing stock! Now I know exactly why Leonardo bailed after one season. These people are NOT serious about bringing Milan back to… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

Yes mate keep playing fm or fifa because that’s not as easy as you think. Anyway, when you say serious footballers, i expected bigger name to be mentioned

nick
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nick

Players like Neymar and Mbappe price tag are out of reach until we settle things with FFP. Until then signing players like Leao is not the answer. He doesn’t even play for Portugal national team.

Players like Chiesa and Zaniolo play a big role in the Italian team. We have to build our team around these type of young players and not young players who are not good enough to make their national team. That is my point.

Jawadhaz
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Jawadhaz

Leao has incrariable talent for his age. But right now he should just get last people on the right wing and get the assist for piatek. Suso needs to be benched. These managers dont understand that they are playing the same players that har gotten so many managers sacked. List of what is needed. 1. Musachio needs to be benched. How many games have he just been a con on the field. 2.biglia is not needed. Benacer gets the ball up quicker. But needs to work on the defensive phase. 3. Kessi needs a break he literaly played every match… Read more »

Raven
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Raven

I guess FFP is that hard to understand

Milanrock
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Milanrock

The way I see it is Milan is no more than a name for an old team that existed in the 80s & 90s alongside trophies in locked cabins. Currently, that former team has a new owner (with no passions for soccer) and with a substantial financial deficit. Unfortunately, a team name with antique cups doesn’t win new games!! Sadly, Milan’s name is currently creating deceptions in players and managments’ minds rather than helping. Players need to play for who they are and stop thinking of the brand. Teams are not afraid of Milan as they use to. Second, the… Read more »

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I think the formation and approach is a step in the right direction. Looks like a 4 2 3 1 when we’re attacking. Now it’s just about fitting the right players in. I don’t know why all of a sudden the right side is our biggest weakness. Calabria who was good last year and suso have probably been our two worst players all season. Sit biglia he’s unreliable and offers nothing in attack. Play bennacer alongside Kessie. It’s about damn time suso sits on the bench. This is the worst he’s been ever since he’s been on milan and enough… Read more »

soheil balini
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soheil balini

I think our player problems have simple solutions (beside buying better players for certain positions).
we can play without a defensive midfielder or wingers. but sadly our coaches are too afraid to try new things. they continue to do the same thing over and over and they expect a better result.

3-4-3
——————-Donna—————
——–Duarte – Mussa – Roma——-
Kessie – Bennacer – Paqueta – Theo
——-Hakan———–Bonna———
—————–Piatek——————

3-5-2
——————-Donna—————
——–Duarte – Mussa – Roma——-
Kessie – Bennacer – Paqueta – Theo
—————Hakan——————
———–Piatek – Rebic ————

LeKuskusePumponž
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LeKuskusePumponž

Formation: 4-2-3-1 GK: Donnarumma RB: Caldara CD: Duarte & Romagnoli LB: Theo CD: Krunić & Bennacer RW: Rebić AMC: Paqueta LW: Bonnaventura SC: Piatek Explanation: With Candara in the back, we can have more stability than we now have in our defence, and on the wingback, he can play similar to Barzagli did for Juve sometimes (they also had more defensive right back and more offensive left back live Evra or Alex Sandro). Our LB weapon in Theo, Milan’s more in form player at the moment Krunić might not have all the knowlegde in the world as a footballer, but… Read more »

Soheil
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Soheil

Yeah carleto did that with Costacorta and Kaladze (in our good days). That’s just another spelling of what I said. We have bad RB & Dm, why not playing with no RB & Dm

nick
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nick

Soheil, I agree that Milan need to switch to a back 3 but with Kessie or Paquetá needs to be benched for either Leao or Rebic to play on the right. Personally, I would use Leao on the right in your 343 formation and drop Paquetá. We need a wide player on the right that is fast and can dribble like Theo on the left. Anyways Milan underestimated the value and importance of Bakayoko’s influence in midfield last season and this one of the main reason why we are struggling right now. It would make sense to resign Bakayoko along… Read more »

Soheil
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Soheil

I said that over and over in summer that we need to sign him! We had a better team last year. It’s sad! We just needed one or two players + a proven coach! (I said it 100 times). People still vote down me! Their only solution is stupid hashtags about who should go!

Signing him is impossible. He is at loan and we should wait untill season is over.

Gems
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Gems

Milan v spal
Sure to be another Halloween horror show
Fucking nightmare I’m sure,
This season disaster unravelling
Yesterday’s loss to Roma one of the most pathetic displays against an average team .
Mistake after mistake , concentration lapses
That could have gifted Roma 4 goals .
Suso and bigli and the defence rb spot& mustachios
Are really killing us .
Suso, biglia, borini, castellejo, Conti , Calabria , Musacchio are all not good enough to
Bring Milan back to top 4 and champions league
And now no decent player wants to join this shit show

dod210
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dod210

Conti, Calabria, Musacchio and Biglia are the most horrible footballers ever seen in football yet they play for Milan. How can a player pass the ball directly to an opponent under no pressure? Just play Borini instead at the right back. We shouldn’t have left Abate left in the first place and why we didn’t exercise a loan option to sign Bakayoko for the second time beats imagination.

Oluwashevy
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any coach that arrived here in Milan will sit be speaking plenty big grammar anytime we loss instead of doing the job in the peach am just tired of this management and some of the players

Gems
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Gems

We do it every season Get rid of decent players that could be handy Bakayoko, delofeu, Pasilic just to name a few from last few seasons and really who did we buy ? 2 players from relegated empoli & a promising Portugal u21 player , theo was a good signing But we need more like him, Rb spot a real problem Musacchio a real problem, biglia & Suso big problems& they need some bench time . Sign tonali please . Hopefully Calabria can get some form back and get concentrating & stop making schoolboy errors . Piatek needs to come… Read more »

Daniel
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Daniel

Milan was playing (at least until Calabria came on) in a 3-2-4-1 formation (with Hernandez on the left side of the 4-men line behind Leão) when attacking, and a 4-3-3 when defending. And I like the idea in itself. But it would make sense to then play another CB instead of a RB, especially since both Conti and Calabria are playing terribly. It would also make sense to play a strong, fast (and right-footed) player as RMF to mirror Hernandez in the attack, i.e. Rebic (or Leão). I also think Leão doesn’t fit this formation, so I guess I’d start… Read more »

Soheil
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Soheil

Any comments containing a 3 man defense would shut down here. Why? Montella tried that 3, years ago and it didn’t work!!

Daniel
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Daniel

Yeah, that’s dumb, makes no sense. But I don’t care, our offense look way better than with Giampaolo. And defensively it’s the individual mistakes the problem. Switching Conti for Duarte alone will help a lot with that. If Bennacer could be more assertive and Kessié starts caring, I think we headed are in a good direction.

A.C. Milan 1899
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A.C. Milan 1899

I though our objective this year was CL and not the relegation zone. Anyway, our squad is very poor. I think only Dona, Roma and Theo could play in a really competitive team. Perhaps Bona, if he regains his old form. I don’t think Pioli can do anything better even if he benches Suso, Biglia, Hakan etc. I am sorry but I am very pessimistic right now. Only a miracle can save our season.