Daniele Bonera revealed the reasoning behind Milan’s switch to a three-man defence. “We work with the Coach trying to find defensive solidity.”
The Rossoneri made a big change for this evening’s Champions League defeat to Malaga, adopting a 3-4-3 system for the first time.
“We thought we’d create some more density in midfield, seeing as Malaga played these one-two balls on the edge of the box.
“I think defensively we did pretty well, though obviously came under more pressure towards the end when we were looking to score.
“Unfortunately the team is paying a heavy price for every scoring opportunity and we were unlucky, going close to an equaliser with Philippe Mexes.
“It’s true that we went a little too deep as time went on and were unable to be quite as dangerous on the counter-attack as in the first half. At times a three-man defence becomes five and it is difficult to go on the counter when fatigue sets in.
“I think it’s reductive to talk about the system right now. We work with the Coach trying to find the system that will allow us a certain defensive solidity, which at the moment is missing.”
Bonera was asked what Coach Massimiliano Allegri said to the squad in the locker room after their sixth defeat in 11 competitive matches this season.
“The Coach usually struggles to speak after a match, especially as in the heat of the moment you can say things that are not accurate.
“Of course the locker room atmosphere was sad, but we are still in a strong position and have the chance to go through.”