Milan could only manage a 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen in their UEFA Cup clash last night, meaning that the Italian giants were eliminated on away goals, following their 1-1 draw a week prior.
Andrea Pirlo and Alexandre Pato grabbed the goals
for Milan, both
in the first half, only for Claudio Pizarro to grab a brace in the final 25
minutes of play.
Gianluca Zambrotta was one of very few players to
give his thoughts on the match after its conclusion, as the Italian club were
understandably distraught with one of their most disappointing performances of
“To suffer a comeback like that really hurts, and
that has proven to be one of our major problems this season,” Zambrotta
affirmed in an interview with Sky Sports.
“Unfortunately we have not been making the best choices
to avoid goals in the latter stages of matches, as was the case tonight once again.
“We will try to improve in this area, as we continue to fight for the
Scudetto,” he added.
“Our journey in the UEFA Cup may be over, but the
league is not, and as there are many matches to be played, we still believe that
we have a chance of winning the championship.
“Obviously we will continue to challenge for the top
three positions, which represent one of our goals, to qualify for the Champions
League next season,” he continued.
The Italian international had some final comments to
make regarding his coach Carlo Ancelotti, whose position is certain to come
under fire following this disastrous outcome.
“We are all tired and disappointed because we gave
our all, right to the very end.
“Our coach is a great support to us, but obviously
he will be put under more pressure following this result.
“Choices surrounding his future will be made by the
president and the club, and not by us, the players.
“We must be more united and overcome this negative
period we are currently experiencing together,” he concluded.
Milan will have the chance to ease the pressure on their
coach this weekend, when they travel to Genoa
to face Sampdoria.
Adrian Del Monte