AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has admitted his disappointment at his side’s exit from the Coppa Italia but suggested he was not too upset with the way his side played.
After losing a two-goal lead against Roma at the weekend, a response against Torino was needed to reach the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia for the 14th consecutive season, but 120 minutes of frustration and disappointment followed. .
Milan were the better side and dominated especially after Dizzy was sent off to the away side, but ultimately failed to break down their visitors and went on to score a counter-attack in the second half of extra time.
In an interview by Mediaset after the match, Pioli commented on his exit from the Coppa Italia because one of the goals for the season could now be surpassed, his comments relayed by Milan News.
“We played a serious, decisive and aggressive game against a tough and serious team until we excelled. Then we didn’t have the quality to maintain this advantage. It’s a disappointment, a big disappointment because we wanted this move and we’re sorry we didn’t get it,” he said.
“We were very aggressive and only had one risk. Then I made changes to get other characteristics, but we needed more composure. There was a numerical superiority and 30 minutes is too much. We managed to accept the counter attack. The competitions are there, we We want to be competitive and we are sorry to be out. The league and the Supercopa await us.
On errors: “We need to be quick, Torino positions well off the ball and it’s easy to run into difficulties. We missed the last pass, but we were alive and in the game. Regrets come after the farewell. We left them the chance to pile up inside the area and they are more physical than us. “
In De Ketelaere: “It is important and I played him as the first striker because Giroud came back from the World Cup and trained very little, we cannot afford any risk of injury. I think he has progressed well, then we all expect some decisive and quality games. We did but we were not successful tonight.