Sunday September 10 2017
Bonucci: 'Milan slap in the face'

Leonardo Bonucci warned the 4-1 defeat to Lazio represents “a healthy slap in the face” for Milan. “The penalty made us crumble.”

The Rossoneri had won all six competitive games between Serie A and the Europa League, but were humiliated at the Stadio Olimpico this evening.

“This mustn’t change our ambitions, but it should serve as a valuable lesson,” Bonucci told Mediaset Premium.

“We should’ve been a team unit throughout the game, but that penalty made us crumble. We need to improve in the details.

“I think we ought to treat this defeat as a healthy slap in the face for everyone. We didn’t have the belief that we’d hurt Lazio and so when they scored on their first opportunity, it knocked the wind out of our sails.

“We weren’t phenomenal before this game and we are not disasters after it. It’s true we must work to become more of a team unit, to sacrifice ourselves for the whole and always give 100 per cent. In Serie A and Europe, 99 per cent is just not enough.

“The way I see it, defending begins when the opposition first get the ball, and it must be done together with aggression – that is what we’re currently missing.

“It was utopian to think that we’d be a super squad working like clockwork from the first day. We have to improve in many areas, enjoy keeping clean sheets and sacrifice ourselves for the team. That isn’t happening.”

Bonucci seemed to be arguing with hat-trick hero Ciro Immobile at the final whistle and refused to swap shirts.

“Some things happened with Immobile, but they were on the pitch and remain on the pitch.”

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