The results of the first leg of the Europa League 1/16 final against Crvena Zvezda were summed up by AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli (2-2).
‘Without a deserved victory, we are going home. We were unable to hang on to that,’ Pioli told Sky Sport Italia.
“When the opponent has 10 players, we can play better and not leave any empty areas. We did enough to win, but we didn’t know the full potential of the situation. The solution was the right one.
We should have scored a third goal and not conceded a second, more importantly. But for the first game, 2-2 away is still a promising result.
We need to evaluate our results and enhance the quality of the game. It’s a significant stage in the season and we need to perform better. As a whole, we should determine the situation. There was a time when, because of injuries, the same players were playing – now they are tired. We’ve got to keep everyone in shape. The worst thing is that Bennacer was lost to us.
Whoever concedes less will win the derby with Inter. The clubs are at the same level, and for such a match, this is the right moment. We’re going to be set.”