Saturday December 15 2018
Reina: 'Milan hit hard by Europa exit'

Pepe Reina concedes Milan are “wounded” by their Europa League exit to Olympiacos. “We weren’t determined enough to win it.”

The Rossoneri could afford to lose 1-0 or even 2-1, but capitulated 3-1 in Athens and crashed out at the group phase.

“We were really hit hard, wounded by that,” the goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia.

“We’ve got to react, get our heads down and work hard. It wasn’t a defeat due to the referee, as there were some incidents, but the biggest mistakes were made by us. We had two results out of three at our disposal and just weren’t determined enough to win qualification.

“We’ll sit down and watch the game over, see where we can improve. Every one of us has to give at least 10 per cent more than we’ve done so far.”

Coach Gennaro Gattuso is back in the firing line after this disappointment.

“He is the captain of this ship and always stands up to take responsibility. We all want to react and get a season on track that before Thursday was really not going that badly.

“On Tuesday, we must go to Bologna with the bit between our teeth, trying to win a run of games before the Christmas break so we can start the second half of the season in a good position.”