Pioli takes Milan blame and waits for Tomori news

by | Jan 13, 2022 22:58

Stefano Pioli takes the blame for Milan’s poor first half in the Coppa Italia against Genoa and hopes Fikayo Tomori’s knee injury is not serious.

The Rossoneri conceded an early Leo Ostigard header and risked more with poor defending on set plays, but Olivier Giroud’s looping header on a Theo Hernandez cross forced extra time.

Rafael Leao scored with a clearly misplaced cross and Alexis Saelemaekers met another Theo Hernandez assist to seal the 3-1 result.

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It means the Diavolo will face either Lazio or Udinese in the Coppa Italia quarter-final next month.

“Evidently I didn’t do a good job, because we had the wrong approach from the start. We didn’t have the right determination and that is my fault, because we lacked intensity, tempo and made the situation more complicated for ourselves,” Pioli told Sport Mediaset.

“We wanted to get through and managed to get it back on track, so it’s important we won the game, but we’ll have to work better in future.”

Pioli was asked if the issue might be the lop-sided nature of Milan’s attack down the left, where Theo Hernandez and Leao are unstoppable.

“I think we put in some interesting balls from the right too. Naturally, on the left we have different characteristics and players who are good at one-on-one situations, whereas it’s more about the movement on the right to create the space.

“I do think the team is balanced, but the problem today was the entire team had the wrong approach and lacked intensity. That means my preparation was not optimal and I have to do better.”

There was also a very long list of absentees that Pioli had to deal with and the situation got worse when Fikayo Tomori went off in the opening 20 minutes.

“November was very difficult with injuries and we paid a price for that, as in the long-run the same ones had to keep playing every game and got fatigued. It’s all a bit strange now with COVID, waiting for test results, but we proved once again that you can change a game with players off the bench, so the more players at our disposal, the better.”

Tomori will have tests tomorrow on his left knee, but is there any early news on the extent of the injury?

“He felt a twinge in his knee, so couldn’t carry on. Fik is a very important player for us and I hope it’s nothing serious, it’d be good if we had him available from Monday.”

1 Comment

  1. Vero Rossonero

    Bad news. Meniscus injury for Tomori. We just can’t seem to catch a break.

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