First Team


All the post-match interviews following Milan-Napoli. Allegri: “The team played better than we have in our other league games this season.”

MILAN – Here’s what players and staff had to say after this evening match at the San Siro:


"We conceded early and that penalized us. From a gameplay point of view, it was one of our best games to date this season. We were never out of the match. All the players we have unavailable are important players as they can help the team and give the coach more options. It’s almost absurd that this is the game that we had the most chances to score. I had two and so did Mario. Maybe we have to be more clinical in front of goal and things would be easier. We have an important match on Wednesday against Bologna and after that against Sampdoria. We need the points to make our way back up the table. I’m happy here tactically but of course I need to score goals. I’ll help my team mates waiting for that to happen and I hope to get back scoring on Wednesday.”


"We played well but when your down after only a few minutes it all gets more difficult. Mario worked hard for the team and he scored as well. We have to work on possession, movement and on our defense. We’ve only played four matches and we have to work hard to work our way back up the table.”


“We started with a bit of fear for no apparent reason. I still can’t give myself an explanation. We conceded from a dead ball situation. We played maybe the best first half of this season but we weren’t able to finish.  We have four points and a lot of work to do. We have to win, for us, for the league table and that starts on Wednesday. We have to find more balance with the tactics that we’re using in the new formation. Compared to the start of last season, we have more identity but maybe we ‘re missing a bit of competiveness. I think we have some work to do with our self-confidence as well as this team really has quality, we just have to be more cynical. If we look at the performance the gap between us and Napoli is non-existent. Even at 2-0 we were alive and kicking. If we scored with the penalty or maybe if the shot that hit the crossbar had gone in, the result might well be different.”


“We defended badly for the first goal and we definitely have to improve. The team played better than we have in our other league games this season. We made a lot of chances and we conceded very little in the second half. We have to start again from here. We changed our preparation for the Champions League preliminary stages and you can see that the month of September is not a lucky one for me. We really have to do well in the next two matches. After the matches we need to stay calm even if angry and on one knows what’s in another person’s mind. Hysteria doesn’t help anyone. As far as Balotelli’s red card goes, we’ll see what the sporting judges say and take it from there. Matri didn’t have many chances but he worked hard for the team.  He tried to create space and he did everything that was asked of h8im. Even if we played a good game, Napoli deserved the win and I’m sure they’ll be fighting for the title. We have to take one step at a time starting from the match against Bologna. I’m waiting for a few players to come back and then I’m sure we’ll have something to say. Saponara has only trained twice with the team And I’ve never seen him train. He’s a young player who has to grow and he’ll be put in the team when the time is right. When he’s fit and ready, I’ll take him into consideration.”