Milan were hoping to secure another three points and put some pressure on their city rivals Inter this afternoon. However, they failed to do so and only just about got away with one point against Sampdoria, who were the better side for most of the game. A big disappointment, therefore, for the Rossoneri.
After the win against Fiorentina, you would have expected a bit more grit to Milan’s performance this afternoon but that wasn’t the case at all. Sampdoria started the game very well and put the home side under tremendous pressure for several minutes, though failing to find the back of the net.
Stefano Pioli’s men got better as the half went on but it was pretty obvious to everyone that Sampdoria were the better side. In fact, Milan were lucky not to concede already in the first half and it didn’t take long for the away side to break the deadlock in the second half. Admittedly, though, it was a gift from Theo Hernandez.
The Frenchman played the ball backwards without looking and it ended up in the stride of Fabio Quagliarella. The veteran made no mistakes as he finished first time, leaving Gigio Donnarumma with absolutely no chance in goal. Although the goal came after a big defensive mistake, you can’t say Sampdoria didn’t deserve it.
Pioli played with Samu Castillejo and Rade Krunic on the flanks from start and this was clearly a mistake. He brought on Ante Rebic and Jens Petter Hauge in the second half and both had a very positive impact on the game, especially the latter. With just a few minutes left, the Norwegian youngster scored the equaliser.
Franck Kessie picked him out well but there was still a lot of work to do for the youngster, who took the ball with him inside and then finish it into the far corner. A lovely goal from start to finish and one that proved just how good the former Bodo/Glimt man can be when he gets into the right positions.
After the game, Pioli admitted that there is great disappointment with the result and that is certainly understandable. At the same time, questions must be asked about his selections for the game as Milan only started performing on a decent level when the subs came on: players that easily could have started.
“We didn’t do enough? I completely agree even if we could have done it with Kessie in the final moments. We did too little, we played with little rhythm and our approach was not the right one. It was a complicated match for us,” the manager began.
“Sampdoria played in the same way they played in the first game. Today there was less rhythm, we favoured their defence which was well placed. Today I struggle to be happy, the performance had to be different, there were all the right situations to play with more intensity and quality. This must make us disappointed and embittered, now we have to show that we can start off well right away,” he concluded.
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