Despite Koffi Djidji’s red card at the 69th minute, Milan still failed to break down the Granata and were caught on the counter-attack in extra time by Michel Adopo.
“We played aggressively, determined against a tough side, but without the necessary quality and sharpness to make the most of the undoubted advantage,” Pioli told Sport Mediaset.
“We were hasty, trying to get shots away and crosses rather than open up the defence. It’s a big disappointment, there’s no denying it, we wanted to go through.”
This is the second time this season that Ivan Juric has got the better of Pioli after a 2-1 Serie A victory in October at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.
“We allowed only one chance to Toro in the first 90 minutes. I made changes to add different characteristics and attacking options, but as I said, we lacked sharpness and calm. We should’ve made the most of the situation, but instead we conceded on the counter-attack.
“We didn’t move the ball around quickly enough over the 90 minutes, then were missing precision in our passing, again because we were hasty. The regrets are after the red card, as we had so many shots when we could’ve set up a teammate in a better position.
“Clearly, we need more quality and it’s an area we need to improve quickly.”
Milan started with a 3-5-1-1 formation, using Brahim Diaz in support of False 9 Charles De Ketelaere, but again the Belgian was unlucky with a header that came off the post.
“I played him because he is an important player. It’s not his most natural role, but Giroud just returned from the World Cup and we can’t expect these lads to play every three days,” explained the coach.
“I think he moved well, did some good things, but clearly everyone expects him to be decisive and make an impact, we all should’ve done better this evening.”
Milan are out of the Coppa Italia, but are still joint second in Serie A, are in the Champions League Round of 16 against Tottenham and on January 18 will face Inter in the Supercoppa Italiana.
“Now we have to start again with great determination, because Serie A and the Supercup won’t wait for us, it’s up to us now to step up and do more. Everyone plays a packed fixture list, everyone has to deal with it.”