Clarence Seedorf saw “positive things and others we have to work on,” but remained “optimistic” after Milan’s Coppa Italia exit.
The Rossoneri were beaten 2-1 at San Siro by Udinese despite taking the lead with Mario Balotelli after just six minutes.
“The whole team worked hard, but when they get tired and stretched out it’s an old story in football,” the Coach told Rai Sport.
“We are not yet able to be consistent in terms of our football, but I saw interesting things today that leave me optimistic we’ll be able to improve the situation.”
The honeymoon period appears to be over after less than a week in charge, as there were loud jeers at San Siro.
“I said in the first few days that we know our fans have Rossoneri hearts. When you play for a big club, you know the demands are high, but I told the lads to be as calm as possible. I want hard work and effort to turn the situation around; I said one victory wouldn’t change everything.
“I saw some positive things tonight and others we need to work on. I am getting to know the players on the field, in the locker room and in training so together we can build a new type of football.
“In football you can have the strongest defence in the world, but if the whole team doesn’t contribute then they are going to be exposed. In the first 30 minutes against Verona and again here we held possession in the opposition half, but it takes time to be consistent in this approach.
“I think all players at certain moments understand the situation and can come back to help out. Mario did that a lot tonight.”
There seemed to be some real gaps in midfield this evening and Seedorf was asked whether the club would sign any more reinforcements in January.
“I think questions about the transfer market should be aimed at Adriano Galliani. I think after this game it is important to give a sense of balance to the lads in the locker room. I need them all and it’s not right at this moment to discuss the market.
“The focus now is to give the players a sense of a project that takes time to build. I am convinced Milan will take every step to make this team stronger.”