Does Milan still have a chance for the Scudetto? It seems that the Rossoneri lost a step behind the Neroazuri, and now even the Champions League is in question after the defeat at San Siro by Napoli (0: 1). The legend of the seven-time European champion, now on the Neapolitan bench, Genaro Gattuso, defeated his beloved team.
Milan is paying the price for the bad personnel situation, numerous injuries of key players, but also for the exhausting rhythm of Thursday-Sunday matches. After 1: 1 at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the first match of the eighth-finals of the Europa League, there was a crash in Serie A.
Milan coach Stefano Pioli admits that the Europa League has left its mark on the players. The Rossoneri were visibly tired. "The team was competitive. We played against a quality opponent. It was a difficult first half, we made too many mistakes.
We didn't put pressure on the rival. That was our limitation," Pioli told Sky Sports Italy. The experienced expert regrets the mistake with the only goal when Politano scored. "At the beginning of the second half we were better than Napoli, but we lost the ball and we should have come back faster.
We missed the opportunity because it could have been an exceptional week, but a good game is not enough to beat a team like Napoli." "Now we have to prepare for the next match in the Europa League, and then for the duel against Fiorentina "
Champions League fight
City rival Inter is now on 9+, Milan should be afraid of Juventus, Atalanta, Roma, Napoli, Lazio. The fight for the Champions League will be very interesting in the remaining 11 rounds. "Inter is in a rush.
They really started to demolish their opponents after being relegated from the Champions League and that enabled them to prepare well for every game. We don't look too much into someone else's yard, we are focused on our path."
The Rossoneri coach has an excuse for defeat. "We had to play a lot of games without a real center forward, so given all that, the team deserves praise for everything we could have done in the given circumstances."
"Try to imagine Inter without Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez, or Sanchez, maybe Juventus without Ronaldo, Moratta and Chiesa." "We played for more than half a season without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Rebic and Chalhanoglu were also injured for a long time," Pioli concluded.
Croatian striker Ante Rebić will not play for the next match in Florence against Fiorentina due to a card. He was sent off at the end of the match due to protests.