Defeat against Fiorentina adds to AC Milan's woes

Defeat against Fiorentina adds to AC Milans woes
AC Milan players leave the pitch after losing to Fiorentina (AP)

Milan - It was Milan's third consecutive defeat in just over a week


Published: Mon 30 Sep 2019, 11:51 PM

Last updated: Tue 1 Oct 2019, 1:56 AM

AC Milan's nightmare start to the Serie A season continued on Sunday when they fell to a 3-1 defeat at home to Fiorentina and had a man sent off.
Erick Pulgar put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot and Gaetano Castrovilli doubled their lead after Mateo Musacchio had been shown a straight red card for a rash challenge early in the second half.
Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a Federico Chiesa penalty but Fiorentina got their third goal through Franck Ribery before Rafael Leao pulled back a consolation for the hosts with 10 minutes remaining.
It was Milan's third consecutive defeat in just over a week and marks the first time since the 1938-39 season that the club has lost four of their first six games in a Serie A season.
The result heaps more pressure on embattled coach Marco Giampaolo and leaves them in 16th place on six points, one point above the relegation zone.
"I take responsibility as the coach, but I go forward because I believe in my ideas," Giampaolo told Sky Italia.
"The thing that annoyed me was the team looked like it turned up to San Siro without ever having a training session together. You can lose, but not like that.
"Tonight the pressure got to them, they felt the absolute need to win and I told them to play with all the right ingredients to win, not waiting for events to happen. We had to create the events ourselves.
"Instead, the pressure weighed on us, we were tense, not reacting quickly enough and evidently feeling the pressure."

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