Pippo Inzaghi admits Milan “conceded two avoidable goals” against Valencia, but still saw a huge improvement.
Their final major pre-season test was at the Mestalla this evening, where Diego Lopez made a shaky debut in goal and Keisuke Honda scored a fine free kick in their 2-1 defeat.
“It was a very good performance and I lost count of the number of corners we took,” said Inzaghi in his Press conference.
“We did good things. Unfortunately, every time our opponents get a shot on goal at the moment we tend to concede.
“At this moment, I have to focus on the overall performance of the side. We conceded two avoidable goals, but I think we are on the right track to be ready for Lazio on August 31.
“We held out well over 90 minutes and acted like an important team. There are 15 days left and we have to be prepared for Lazio.”
Honda scored a wonderful goal, but also completely mis-kicked two corners straight out of play.
“Honda is doing well in training, bringing quality and technique to the side. Today we had few alternatives, as Mario Balotelli and M’Baye Niang were at home, while Jeremy Menez wasn’t fit to start.
“We have to accept the fact we lost, but it looks like a different team compared to three weeks ago. We must remain calm and analyse what we did well, but also improve where we got it wrong.
“We are Milan, so we have to take the initiative at all times. I accept mistakes, as this was after all a friendly, and we have to make it clear some passes at certain moments are vital.
“Facing teams like Valencia is an important test. We will improve. It’s true we have to make more of our chances, but I don’t recall Diego Lopez having to make any particular saves.
“Menez can play any of the attacking roles, including a False 9. He’ll start against Juventus in the Trofeo TIM, then we’ll see whether he starts against Lazio.”
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