Saturday August 25 2018
Leonardo: 'Many Milan positives'

Milan director Leonardo insists “there are many positives we can take” from their 3-2 defeat to Napoli. “We shouldn’t act surprised to be 2-0 up.”

The Rossoneri had their first competitive outing of the campaign, as the Week 1 fixture with Genoa was postponed to October 31 following the Ponte Morandi tragedy.

They had started very strong at the Stadio San Paolo, leading 2-0 through Giacomo Bonaventura and Davide Calabria, but within 30 minutes Napoli had turned it around to win 3-2.

“This result certainly leaves a bitter taste in the mouth after a very good first half,” director Leonardo told Sky Sport Italia.

“There are still many positives we can take from this. We played on level terms with a side that amassed over 90 points last season and who brought in a great Coach like Carlo Ancelotti.

“It’s a difficult defeat to accept, but there are positives there too. We saw the possibility of three points in the second half and the moment they got back into it for 2-1 was the most difficult. Napoli also introduced Dries Mertens and the momentum swung towards them.”

Coach Gennaro Gattuso said his team crumbled at the first sign of difficulty, so can the experienced Leonardo see a way to change that?

“That is the most difficult step. Milan finished sixth for two years in a row, the team has to make that step up on how to deal with the 90 minutes.

“We shouldn’t act surprised if we are leading 2-0 at the San Paolo.”

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