Daniele Bonera was happy with how his players looked in the 1-1 away at Lille, stating ‘we put in a good performance’.
Bonera was once again on the bench of Milan as Stefano Pioli and Giacomo Murelli are still positive for Coronavirus.
The former Milan defender watched from the sidelines as the Rossoneri played a 1-1 draw against Lille on Matchday 4 of the Europa League group stage.
The Diavolo scored first last night with Sandro Tonali’s through-ball finding Ante Rebić who made a good run before assisting Samu Castillejo for an easy goal. However, Lille equalized in the 65′ minute through Jonathan Bamba. The game ended in a draw, with both sides happy as they were both bad.
“We are a bit disappointed with the result, but very pleased with our performance because we managed to control the game, but a moment of carelessness cost us the win. The boys, though, put in a good performance,” Bonera told MilanTV at the end of the match.
“Tonali? Sandro did well, he played a good game, he struggled to find the right position in the first part of the match, but in time he improved and even gave that great ball to Ante. We are pleased with him, it’s part of a growth process, but he’s a good guy, smart and hard-working, thus we are happy with him.
“Castillejo? We are all happy with Samu, in both phases, with his contribution to the defensive phase. His goal is the cherry on top of the cake, we are all happy.
“Kjær? Simon is a great guy, has great dedication and the same goes for Gabbia. We’re really happy because he plays well whenever he is given the chance so yes, we are really happy with this evening’s center-back duo.
“The Europa League? Every game is difficult in the Europa League, this is a tough group, this evening we faced a strong team – something we had seen at San Siro, but despite the result we are pleased with our performance.”
Speaking to Sky Italia, Bonera said: “We put in a very good performance, it’s a pity we got distracted in that situation on their goal, because the team had controlled the game. It was a completely different Milan to the home match. We’re pleased with the team spirit, the way everyone is working together, the only disappointment tonight was the result.
“Tonali? It’s part of the growth process, we have faith in the guy and he was decisive today. He’s a serious and intelligent guy and we’re very pleased with him. Bennacer? He is giving a lot, he has grown a lot. I would not dwell on individuals, this team needs everyone, we are confident and we look to the future.
“The low average age of the squad? We’re pleased that the young lads are coming through, as at times you need a little of that wild young spirit. It’s a young Milan with some experienced figures like Kjær, who is giving a huge hand. We are happy to have such a young team.
“The absence of Zlatan? Naturally, Ibrahimović is a very important player, but the team has made up for his absence. The team spirit will always be the same, with or without Ibra.
“The next matches in the Europa League? We have to win the next games and we think we can do it by playing like we did tonight.
“Maradona’s death? We heard the news as soon as we landed in France, I join in the condolences. I offer condolences to the family. We are all united, he was a great Champion.”