Sandro Tonali believes Milan are struggling in the Champions League because they lack experience even if ‘performances were always up to the task.’
The Rossoneri visit Atletico Madrid in a key group stage game tomorrow.
It kicks off at 20.00 UK time at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.
The Serie A giants have only collected one point in four matches so far and they would be eliminated from the competition if they fail to get all three points in Spain.
Milan need to win against Atletico and Liverpool and hope the La Liga giants draw against Porto in the last group stage game in December to qualify for the last 16.
“This game can be important for the future, we have proved that we can play on a par with everyone, our only target is to win tomorrow,” Tonali said at a press conference.
“It’s a crucial game for all of us. We need to make one more step, which means to win. Tomorrow is the game.”
Milan are the Serie A table leaders with Napoli, but have been struggling in Europe’s elite competition. How does Tonali explain the Rossoneri’s problems in the Champions League?
“Every team has more experience than us, some of us are playing in the Champions League for the first time,” the former Brescia star said.
“They [Atletico] were very smart in the first leg, especially with Franck’s [Kessie] yellow cards. That’s where we have to improve. We are missing something and it’s normal, but performances have always been up to the task.
“We took the lead in Liverpool and the episodes changed the game. We were not lucky with referees either, but this happens in football.”
Milan lost the reverse fixture in Milan 2-1. Kessié was shown two yellow cards in the first 30 minutes and Atletico won the match with a late penalty kick which VAR should have revoked.