Milan boss Stefano Pioli believes failing to beat Inter in their next Serie A game will end their title chances and leave them fighting for a Champions League spot at the end of the season. square.
The Rossoneri ended the weekend four points behind leaders Inter having played one game more after a 0-0 draw with Juventus at the San Siro.
It was the first goalless draw between the two Italian top-flight giants since December 2007.
Milan face their neighbors on February 5, with Pioli suggesting anything less than a win would be fatal to their Scudetto hopes.
“We knew the games against Juventus and Inter would say a lot about our future,” he told DAZN.
“If we don’t beat Inter, our campaign will be very similar to last season, when we won at the end to move up to second and risk losing the Champions League places.
“We have our way of playing and have to realize that if we want to achieve something extraordinary again, we have to give it our all. I saw many individual performances of a very high level today.
“We had the right performance for our circumstances and the opposition, but we lacked precision in the penalty area.
“We tried to be dangerous and limited Juventus to no chance. I don’t think it was a tactical problem, because we had players in the box, but we got the last ball wrong.
“The state of the pitch didn’t help either, because we had a few bad first touches, we had to make extra touches to get it under control and that slowed us down.”
Indeed, the withdrawal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first half through injury was caused by the state of the field, confirmed Pioli.
“Ibra felt pain in his Achilles tendon,” he added. “He blamed the pitch, which was very tough, so hopefully he can recover in the next few days.”
Milan’s Pierre Kalulu was part of a defense that didn’t allow Juve a single shot on target and the 21-year-old wants to see an improvement in attack.
“It’s a positive stat for everyone in the team and not just for us defenders,” he told Milan TV. “We did well and have to continue like this.
“It’s an important game for us and for the fans. Compared to tonight, we have to do better up front if we want to bring home the three points.”