Tuesday September 23 2014
Inzaghi: 'Milan defending inexplicable'

Pippo Inzaghi admits he “really can’t explain” how Milan defended on Empoli set plays. “We studied them for two days.”

The Rossoneri went 2-0 down at the Castellani with some disastrous defending, but fought back for 2-2 with Fernando Torres scoring his first Serie A goal.

“It was a strange game. We knew it would be difficult, as I wasn’t lying when I said Roma struggled and didn’t deserve to win here,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“Unfortunately we gave away the opening half-hour. I had told the side to be wary of free kicks, but a team that has ambitions to be great cannot concede goals like that.

“It was a game of two halves and we will try to fix these problems on set plays, which has been a Milan defect for a few years now.

“The team did show great strength to get back into it and after the first half-hour it was the usual Milan, as we hit the bar and had several other chances.

“It’s a shame about that start. We tried to prepare as best we could, saying that if we held out for half-an-hour under Empoli’s intensity they would run out of steam and open more spaces for us.

“Can I explain that first 30 minutes? No, I really can’t,” confessed Pippo.

“Set plays have always been a bit of a problem for Milan and once we changed to a zonal system. Yesterday and today I showed only video clips of Empoli set plays, as they have been playing with this Coach for three years. Maybe the DVD wasn’t working...

“It’s a real shame, as we would’ve won if it weren’t for those free kicks. I think it’s also an individual issue, as we need to be more determined on the marking.”

The Rossoneri started with two victories, were beaten 1-0 by Juventus and today drew 2-2 with newly-promoted Empoli.

“I think it is a good start to the season, as Milan didn’t have this many points since 2009 in Week 4. We want to improve game by game and think of Cesena, which will be another difficult match.”

Torres was on target on his first Serie A start in a Milan jersey.

“I am very happy for him, as he’s a great professional and since the day he arrived he has shown great hunger. Unfortunately he had this injury that stopped him in the most difficult moment, but Torres scored and I know he’ll give us many more moments of joy.”

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