26 February 2020
“We made a mistake in the first half… We were always second, played long and we were distant between the departments and not very aggressive. And in certain games you pay for it. They were good at hurting us when we were down to ten men, but we had to wake up first. Now we think about winning on Sunday, and then in the return leg: we must absolutely progress through.”
"We cannot give away a part of the match on such an important evening: we must always work and play as in the second half, keeping possession of the ball, and playing short. We have the obligation to show more courage in front of our fans in the return leg.”
“We made a mistake in the first half, playing with little order. We were better in the second half, but now we have to overturn everything in the return leg, starting from the good things done in the second half of this match. The goal? Being a man down made the difference, but the action had to be stopped earlier.”
“It is difficult to explain why the circulation of the ball was so mild in the first half: in this way the teams attack and you suffer. We missed the aggression, and then we had an unfortunate episode on the occasion of the goal, given that we were temporarily in ten. During the game we getting heated because, in addition to moving the ball slowly; we often were out of position. In the second half, we grew and moved better, regaining possession in the opposition’s half of the pitch, which allowed us to close them in their area. In training we move much better and with much more speed.”
"We knew it was going to be difficult, but we didn't play the match we wanted. We have a lot of work to do, but I am confident, because we are a united group. This is only the first half, now we work hard. Let's focus on ourselves, and do better than we did today: starting on Sunday with Inter. For the return leg we want to secure a result in front of the fans."