AC Milan boss revealed what management said after derby defeat

AC Milan was heavily beaten by Inter Milan in the first derby of Serie A 2023/24 season, and the club’s management joined the squad in the locker room.

Rossoneri saw their perfect run from the start of the season ended in humiliation as they were thrashed 1-5 by rivals Inter. It was the fifth time in 2023 that Milan were beaten in the Derby della Madonnina.

AC Milan management joined the locker room with players

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice, and Marcus Thuram pulled an absolute screamer before ex-Milan man Hakan Calhanoglu added a fourth from the spot. Despite Rafael Leao’s earlier effort, Davide Frattesi completed the rout in stoppage time.

Following the defeat, the AC Milan management joined the disappointed squad in the locker room after the final whistle. During his post-match press conference, the club’s boss, Stefano Pioli, revealed what they said.

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AC Milan heavily beaten by Inter Milan
AC Milan heavily beaten by Inter Milan

Speaking at the press conference after the game, Pioli was asked about the presence of the management. He stated that they offered their support after what was a challenging game.

“The management was there to give us support, we can’t go home with our heads held too high,” he stated.

Defensive disaster

The scoresheet speaks volumes, and the defense is held significantly accountable for the defeat.

Pierre Kalulu was unfit to feature, and Simon Kjaer paired up with Malick Thiaw. While the veteran was surprisingly good, Thiaw was a disaster.

It was Milan's fifth defeat in derby in 2023
It was Milan’s fifth defeat in derby in 2023

At fault for the first two goals, then struggling to keep up, the German probably had his worst game in red and black. While age could be an excuse for him, he has played plenty of games now to know better, but the lack of experience did not help either.

Davide Calabria and Theo Hernandez also failed to impact the game. The Frenchman made a few good moves but failed to materialize them. He was also destitute at the back, giving away a penalty and jogging back on the fifth goal.

Next up: Champions League

Milan will take on Newcastle in the Champions League on Tuesday and need to shift focus to that clash immediately. Given how much the derby means in the city, it may be easier said than done.

Bouncing back with a win would be an essential signal from the players and, above all, Pioli, who has been heavily criticized since last night.

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