Pioli: ‘Porto did better than Milan’

by | Oct 19, 2021 22:24

Stefano Pioli refused to comment on the refereeing or injuries after Milan’s 1-0 defeat to FC Porto. ‘Our performance was not the best, Porto did better than we did.’

The Rossoneri suffered a third consecutive Champions League defeat, although unlike the one with Atletico Madrid, this was more of a deserved setback.

There was still tension around the referee yet again, as Medhi Taremi seemed to barge into Ismael Bennacer in the build-up to the Luis Diaz goal.

Pioli was spotted at the final whistle telling the referee “it was a foul,” referring to that Bennacer moment, but he refused to comment when repeatedly asked about the officiating.

“Clearly, incidents can decide a result, but our performance was not good today. Our opponents did better, were sharper, more precise, had more intensity,” Pioli told Mediaset.

“We didn’t start well, didn’t hold the ball well and didn’t create enough chances. The team was balanced and competitive, but the performance was not the best and at this level if you aren’t sharp both attacking and defending, you will suffer. Porto did better than we did.”

Elsewhere in the group, Liverpool won 3-2 away to 10-man Atletico Madrid, meaning they are running away at the top, leaving a relatively even battle below them.

Atalanta famously came back from losing their first three games to qualify for the Round of 16, so it’s not technically impossible for Milan to follow suit.

“We must believe. It’s easier to say than do, but the other two teams are four points ahead of us. Unfortunately, this was the game we really shouldn’t have played this badly, of all of them, but we have to just keep going,” added the coach.

“I have to find out why we weren’t sharp or precise enough this evening. I don’t want to talk about the referee. I have other things to focus on.”

Stefano Pioli


  1. James

    You want to find out? It’s your love for that useless Krunic and being stupid enough to let him play for 81 minutes.

  2. Milan Fan

    Who else was available to play?

  3. rosario

    Pound for pound, Bennacer’s display was possibly the worst performance by a Milan player in any game, any year and competition in my lifetime. Absolutely useless. I have to go back to watch that game and see how many times he was dispossessed in possession, misplaced a pass or got caught out of possession. The rest didn’t cover themselves in glory, but Bennacer takes the biscuit for being just completely out of his depth.

    Maybe an off night as even Tomori was largely poor too.

  4. tawoe

    Thanks Rosario…..this is my observation from last night game. Both Bennacer and tomori were off completely. Our players struggled with the physical nature of the game. this is where we needed kessie and Rebic and a fully fit zlatan. lets just reserve our energy for the scudetto

  5. john hogan

    I beg to differ. Bennacer did not have a great game, the same as the whole team, but he wasn’t worse than the others. For me, . Ballo-Toure, Saelmaekers, krunic and even Leao were the worst players in the milanese outfit against Porto. Bennacer was clearly fouled just before Porto’s goal and the referee shouldn’t have allowed the goal to stand.

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