Saturday April 3 2021
Pioli: 'A complicated match for Milan'

Milan coach Stefano Pioli admitted his men ‘did too little’ to beat Sampdoria in the 1-1 draw on Saturday. ‘It was a complicated match’.

The Rossoneri returned from the international break with a draw against the Blucerchiati at San Siro but were close to claiming all the spoils when Franck Kessie hit the woodwork in stoppages.

“I totally agree [we did too little],” Pioli told MilanTV. “Even if we could have won it with Kessie at the end.

“We did too little, we played without rhythm and our approach was not the right one. It was a complicated match for us.”

Fabio Quagliarella took advantage of a poor pass from Theo Hernandez and lobbed Gigio Donnarumma for the first goal, and Pioli said the visitors played like they did in the first leg.

“Sampdoria played in the same way they played in the first leg,” Pioli said. “Today, there was less rhythm, we favoured their defence, which was well organised. I find it hard to be happy.

“The performance had to be different, there were all the right situations to play with more intensity and quality.

“This must make us disappointed and embittered, now we must show that we can start again immediately.”

Hauge equalised for the hosts and helped the Diavolo pick up a point in the end.

“I hope Jens gains even more confidence, he scored an important goal for the team,” the coach added. “It will help him to become convinced in his own means.

“I made choices based on the players who played a lot for the national teams. Everything is open to criticism, after such a performance it’s not a question of a player or a position.

“The team didn’t offer a performance up to our standard.”