Stefano Pioli admits Milan made too many unforced errors, especially in a Champions League game, but hopes this 3-0 defeat will ‘help us to grow and find even more determination.’
The Rossoneri were missing 12 players through injury and squad restrictions, so had several out of position, but still that is no excuse for a totally toothless performance at Stamford Bridge.
The marking on Thiago Silva was non-existent on set plays, leading to the opening Wesley Fofana goal, then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tapped in a cross and Reece James blasted into the near top corner from a tight angle.
“We should’ve done better, that’s for sure. We didn’t start badly, but then lost our shape and made errors even without their press, so when you make this many mistakes against an opponent of that quality, it becomes complicated,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“The absentees are irrelevant, I thought the team was ready to play this game and knew the dangers, but despite that we kept losing the ball straight away or making the wrong pass, so allowed too much space to Chelsea.
“Defeats must help us to grow, to find even more determination and concentration. It’s a bad defeat, that is for sure, but we have the opportunity to prove what kind of a team we are on Saturday.”
Theo Hernandez is expected to be back for next week’s return fixture against Chelsea at San Siro, but the injury crisis remains extensive.
“The squad was naturally disappointed, angry that they didn’t put in the best performance, but that will motivate us for the future.”