Sunday December 15 2019
Pioli: 'Milan tried everything'

Stefano Pioli was left to rue Milan errors after a 0-0 draw with Sassuolo. “We had 9-10 shots on goal and tried everything, but lacked precision.”

Rafael Leao came off the bench and hit the woodwork twice, not to mention Theo Hernandez seeing a goal disallowed for Franck Kessie’s handling offence.

“We could’ve had more pace and movement in the first half, but in the second we had about 9-10 shots on goal, we tried everything and it just wasn’t going to happen,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“Sassuolo are a good team, we knew they would cause us problems. Rafael Leao did well off the bench, everyone played with effort and generosity, but with a little bit of sharpness and precision, we could’ve brought home the points.

“We made some technical errors today that can prove very costly indeed at this level. With the more quality we have and the ability to shake off defenders, the better we can do. I think we lacked determination and the ability to finish our chances.

“Our players worked hard today, both in going forward and in tracking back, because Sassuolo play with a very high line. The fact we had 10 clear scoring opportunities means we put in a good performance, but our biggest limitation right now is that we have to create so many chances in order to get a goal. We need to score earlier.”

However, Pioli was quick to defend his star striker from the blame.

“Last week, the media said Krzysztof Piatek was our saviour, now people are going to criticise again, but they need to be more balanced overall in their evaluation. It’s not just him, everyone needs to do better.”

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