Saturday November 21 2015
Miha: 'Milan too tentative'

Sinisa Mihajlovic feels Milan are too tentative and afraid to take risks going forward after a 1-0 defeat to Juventus.

Paulo Dybala scored the decisive goal, but Gigi Buffon only made one genuine save at the 93rd minute on Alessio Cerci.

“During the game, above all the first half, we made too many mistakes in our passing and then we got the counter-attacks wrong too.

“We fielded the most attacking line-up we could. Paradoxically, we did well defensively and should’ve done more going forward,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“We must try to keep working, aware there are difficulties and there’s a large margin for improvement. It’s always difficult against Juventus in Turin, we lost, but will prepare for the next match.”

M’Baye Niang impressed in the trident attack with his build-up place.

“He did well defensively, but is a striker and must therefore also do more in attack. It was only his second game in four or five months, so his fitness levels still need to improve and that’ll bring more sharpness too.

“I ask my wide men to sacrifice themselves for the team, so they need to be fully fit and sharp, that way they can be more effective in front of goal.”

Milan’s unbeaten run came to an end after five rounds, but there were distinct steps backward in their 0-0 draw with Atalanta and 1-0 defeat here.

“We have players good at taking men on, but we need more courage to push into the box. It can go wrong, but you have to try, whereas we tend to get into those situations and then pass it backwards. We should take opponents on.

“It is our duty to free these attacking wide men so they can take on individual defenders one-on-one, making the most of their characteristics.”