Sunday December 17 2017
Mirabelli: 'Mortified for Milan'

Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli was “mortified” by a 3-0 defeat to Verona, but “would make the same decisions on the transfer market.”

The Rossoneri were flattened 3-0 by relegation contenders Hellas Verona at the Stadio Bentegodi, just three days after a 3-0 win over the same team in the Coppa Italia at San Siro.

“We are mortified for the fans, who are giving us such great support,” director of sport Mirabelli told Sky Sport Italia.

“The team dominated the game for long periods, then we were undone by that goal and couldn’t get it back on track. We started the second half strong, but their second goal knocked the wind out of us.

“There are no excuses, but I did not see the kind of domination that a 3-0 result would suggest.”

Milan are now closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places after seven wins, three draws and seven defeats.

“We knew from the start it would be a difficult journey. We’re doing a type of fitness work with Gennaro Gattuso that’ll take us to the end of the season, so in the short-term that will have an effect.

“There is no specific time-frame, but we are working and have to get out of this situation. We’re a little far behind now in Serie A, but are also involved on two other fronts.”

Mirabelli was asked if he had any regrets, considering the struggles of new players like Lucas Biglia, Nikola Kalinic and Andre Silva.

“It’s a new team, the problems are physiological and at the end of the day, we’ll see where we are. I would make the same decisions again on the transfer market. We had to lay the foundations for the Milan of the future, so we sought out players we knew, who would also allow us to keep the average age down.

“We had to create a solid core on which Milan can build an important future era.”

It has been a very tough week for the Rossoneri, who saw UEFA reject their Financial Fair Play voluntary agreement proposal and then ultras viciously insulted Gianluigi Donnarumma over an alleged contract dispute.

“There is no Gigio problem, as he does not want to leave. We wish to continue with this group, without making January buys or sales.”

Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, publicly blamed Mirabelli for Milan’s problems.

“I reply to Raiola with a smile. We’ll see where we are at the end.”

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