OLIVIER Giroud admits that AC Milan are still not used to playing in the Champions League again and that the experience factor often makes the difference in the number one competition in Europe.
Milan were unable to draw 1-1 at home against Porto in the Group B game at San Siro on Thursday (4/11) early in the morning.
It was Milan’s first Champions League point this season, even in the past eight years, since the last group stage draw in the same competition.
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“It’s difficult against a team used to playing in the Champions League like Porto or Atletico (Madrid). Experience is important,” Giroud told Canal + after the match on the UEFA website.
“We are a young team, I don’t want to apologize. We also need a little luck because we actually had a good performance in this group,” he continued.
Despite playing in front of his own supporters, Milan entered the game under pressure from Porto and Luis Diaz found the net with less than six minutes of play.
Milan performed better in the second half and were able to respond thanks to a shot from Pierre Kalulu which led to an own goal from Porto defender Chancel Mbemba.
The Rossoneri were then more confident and almost turned things around in the 83rd minute if Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal had not been disallowed as Theo Hernandez was already offside.
“We played better in the second half, we moved better and the opponent didn’t press as much, but we should have had more possession of the ball,” said Milan head coach Stefano Pioli.
“The team is in good condition. We really want to sign the first victory in the Champions League, especially in front of our own supporters,” he continued.
One point is not enough to raise Milan to the rank of goalkeeper in Group B. (Ant / OL-1)