Marco Giampaolo is adamant AC Milan deserved better than defeat to Torino after pulling off their best performance of this season.
Torino took home all the spoils from Thursday night’s Serie A clash by edging Giampaolo’s Milan 2-1 thanks to a quick-fire brace from Andrea Belotti.
The result leaves Milan down in 13th-place in the standings on six points after back-to-back defeats.
Things at one point, though, seemed to be going their way in Turin when Krzysztof Piatek put away a first-half penalty for his second goal of the season. And, with the visitors seemingly in control, three points were up for grabs.
But Belotti had other ideas, with the Italian striker scoring two decisive second-half goals inside four minutes. It was enough to complete a remarkable comeback for Torino, who moved up to sixth place in the Serie A.
For new Milan boss Giampaolo, though, the pressure continues to grow after losing three of his first five league matches.
“The game was under our control, we just didn’t have the clinical edge to kill it off. We ran barely any risks until that goal and then in four minutes, the whole match changed,” Giampaolo told Sky Sport Italia.
“We had the opportunities to score again with Piatek and [Franck] Kessie, so we created the chances. There were errors, but it was Milan’s best performance of the season so far and we dominated for long periods. Clearly, the defeat is not good enough.
“It disappoints me because the team works hard and does all it can, so when results don’t come, that is disappointing. They are trying to work as a team and follow the plan rather than just go off individually.
“It was an undeserved defeat and clearly that slows down the growth process, our self-esteem, but I have seen that this is a good squad and I hope they don’t lose heart.”
Giampaolo added: “I have a solid group of good lads and I cannot complain. Even those who are most criticised are real leaders.
“There are moments when a player is in better shape. We knew Theo Hernandez and Ismael Bennacer had talent, this is not a surprise. I am convinced the squad can continue, despite this setback, to stay on the right track.”
Milan will next play host to Fiorentina on Sunday in the Serie A.