AC Milan will have to turn the frustration of their weekly defeat to Atletico Madrid into positive energy, coach Stefano Pauli said on Saturday before his team’s Serie A match against Atlanta on Sunday night.
Milan relinquished their 2-1 lead over the Spanish champions in the Champions League on Tuesday, and struggled after Frank Casey’s departure in the first half before Luis Suarez blocked a winning penalty. I changed.
“Defeats should give you positive energy. We never put games behind us, we always analyze them,” Paoli told a news conference.
“We need to turn this defeat into positive energy, because tomorrow there will be a direct confrontation with the opponent.”
Atlanta were also in European action in mid-week, beating Switzerland’s Young Boys 1-0, and they could close the gap on second-placed Milan by two points with a win in Bergamo on Sunday.
“Last year Atlanta was second until the last day of the season, we have a lot of respect for them but we are also confident in our quality,” Paulie said. “Atlanta is strong in every way, tactically, technically, physically. They have players who can take decisive action at any time, but we also have these qualities. Tomorrow will be like a Champions League match. “
Casey’s future has been the subject of much debate in the Italian media recently, in the last year of his contract with Ivorian. But Paulie rejected the notion that transfer speculation was affecting his performance.
“It doesn’t bother me because Frank’s attitude is the best possible, as he has always been in the past in terms of work, seriousness and professionalism,” Paoli said. “It’s wrong to judge his performance on the basis of his contract. I consider what he shows on the pitch, there are a lot of players on many teams whose contracts are ending where there’s not much noise. ۔
“Negotiations are ongoing, the time will come for a negative or positive decision. I’m not worried.”
Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is celebrating his 40th birthday on Sunday, but Paoli said Sweden would not be ready to return from injury until after the international break.
“I don’t know how many years he can play, but from what I see, with the enthusiasm and the desire to train, I would say he can play forever,” said Paulie.