AC Milan are still unable to come out of the drought of Champions League victory this season. The Rossoneri have made their first three Group B appearances with a three-game losing streak and there is hope for a first positive result when they host Porto at San Siro on Thursday (4/11) early in the morning.
But what happened instead, Milan again failed to win after being forced to a 1-1 draw by the Portuguese giants.
AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli still believes he can still qualify as early as the Champions League group stage. Mathematically, the chances of the Italian Serie A club are still open with the group stage remaining with two games remaining, even if it is quite difficult.
AC Milan are at the back of Group B with a point four points from Porto, who is second. Meanwhile, Liverpool (12 points) have already qualified for the knockout stage after a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid.
“It’s disappointing because we gave our best shot. We created a lot of chances in the second half and we realize that the Champions League is tough, but our overall performance in four games is worth more than one. point, ”Romagnoli said.
“We will remain confident as long as the possibility of qualifying is still there. It is all up to us, even if we need other results to go as we wish,” he said.
In the next two Champions League matches, AC Milan will travel to Atletico Madrid and then host Liverpool.
Olivier Giroud, the Milan striker believes that the experience will not lie when he appears in the Champions League. This result is a reflection of their innocence. Young players are not ready for the enormous pressure of Europe’s biggest competition.
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“It’s very difficult to face teams used to the Champions League, like Porto or Atletico and Chelsea. Experience is very important. We are a young team,” said Giroud, who won the League. champions with Chelsea last season.
Milan have just felt the atmosphere of the Champions League this season after being out for around seven seasons. Meanwhile, they came with young players from Europe’s highest competition such as midfielder trio Brahim Diaz (22), Sandro Tonali (21) and Ismael Bennacer (23).
Milan coach Stefano Pioli said his side should have played better. But instead, they appeared under pressure and conceded early in the game.
“If the opponent is pressing, we should be able to find a gap. We lacked precision. Unfortunately, we have to show a high level of play at European level and we cannot do enough,” he said.
Pioli also realized that Milan’s only hope of qualifying was to win the remaining two matches.
“To get it we have to win the game. Porto have done well in their five away games. Last season they also knocked Juventus out of the Champions League. We have to be more consistent.” , said Pioli. (Goal / Footballitalia / UEFA / OL-13)