Davide Calabria, has warned his team Milan as they head to host Porto in their second round of champions league group stage matches.
Recall that the Italian side has lost all of their earlier games against their compatriot Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Porto and thus they’ve got this second stage to make an impact.
Calabria feels Milan deserve to have at least some points from the first three match days, but accepts a win is now essential to their chances of going through.
“We have an outlook prepared; it’s our last chance to stay in the Champions League,” the defender said on Tuesday. “We believe in ourselves and we have the quality to put in a great performance right from kick-off and stay in the competition.
“Certain moments have led to the current standings. We don’t deserve it but I am convinced that we have the potential to do better and take points, starting from tomorrow.
“The Champions League is a competition that comes down to the finer details and some of the details have gone against us. It’s a shame because we deserve more but there’s not much to say. We’ve been decent in the group until now, except for the game in Portugal.”
Milan boss Stefano Pioli insisted he and his team cannot become distracted by a growing debate over the standard of officiating in Italy.
“I believe one thing: we beat Roma because we were the better team and lost against Porto because they were better than us,” Pioli said. “I can’t control anything else.
“We’re just going to keep our focus on what we are doing. We analysed the performance with the players and we know what we did well. We can’t waste our energy on external factors.
“Now, we are thinking about the Champions League because we feel like we deserve more than zero points in the table and we have this game to confirm that – against a really tough side.” he concluded.