Andrea Poli concedes Milan had “the wind knocked out of us” by Atletico Madrid in the first half.
Diego Costa opened the scoring within three minutes, then Arda Turan’s shot took a huge deflection to make it 2-1 during the Rossoneri’s most intense period of pressure.
“Conceding such an early goal was not a promising start,” the midfielder told Sky Sport Italia after a Champions League 4-1 defeat.
“After the 1-1 we had another opportunity to score and I really didn’t sense Atletico were superior to us.
“Then the goal for 2-1 meant we had the wind knocked out of us before half-time. After the break they ran riot because they are a great side.
“In repeat, in the first 30 minutes I didn’t get a sense Atletico were superior or dominant. We leave with a bitter taste in our mouths. We came here to put in a great performance, but they did better than us.
“We will sit down and analyse our errors together.”