Milan finished last night (Thursday) in the Europa League after 1: 0 to Manchester United and 2: 1 in the sum of the two games. The Rossoneri came into the home game knowing that a 0-0 draw would be enough for them to pass, but substitute Paul Pogba found the net (48) after a defensive failure and gave the Red Devils the ticket to the quarter-finals. The Italians, who also lost height in Serie A and allowed city rivals Inter to escape the summit, have achieved just two wins in the last ten games in all competitions and seem to have reached “money time” with their tongues out.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Who returned from injury and came off the bench in the 65th minute, concluded: “We are very disappointed because we played well in both games, but we made one mistake that cost us in goal. On the other hand, we had to make more of our situations. We did not deserve to be dismissed, but it’s football. “You learn from moments like this and use them to grow. We look forward, because our season is not over and there is still a lot to play for.”
On the big gap from Inter leading: “We have to go back stronger to the remaining league games, the goal is to learn from our mistakes and keep getting better as a team. I play to win titles, we are in second place and we will have to push harder to try to win the championship. If we qualify for the Champions League it will be great “In the championship. This team believes in its own way. We have improved a lot mentally. There are players here who are not willing to lose, not even in training and that is definitely encouraging for me.”
When asked about his future, Zlatan Dodged: “I can not say anything about next season, all I know is that I am here right now.”
Coach Stefano Fioli He added: “It’s disappointing because we played great in both games and we deserved to score yesterday in the first half. Too bad, we did so much to get here and I don’t think we deserved to be relegated. We have to remember we played against Manchester United, a team that reached the league semi-finals last year “The European, who played in the Champions League this season and very recently defeated Manchester City 0: 2. We are very close to this level, we have proven that we belong. Unfortunately, the goals we conceded were more of our mistakes than their moves – and that’s mostly what disappoints me.”
On the remaining goals and the gap from Inter: “We knew we would have a tough season, because the first seven clubs in Serie A are very strong. The fact that we are still in the race for a place in the Champions League shows how far we have come and now we want to give everything we have in the remaining 11 rounds. It will not be easy. “But we know we have what it takes to do that.”