Pioli blames Mourinho's Roma for Milan’s title collapse

Pioli claimed Milan's troubles started when they gave up a two-goal lead against Roma in January 2023

SERIE A Pioli blames Mourinho's Roma for Milan’s title collapse

Joba Ogunwale 23:24 - 29.01.2023

The Champions are 15 points behind in the Serie A title race after another embarrassing defeat at home.

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli says Milan’s recent problems started when they faced Roma in the league.

Milan are on a poor run of form with no wins in their last six games in all competitions, including four in the league. 

Milan's unending slump

The Rossoneri have not won in the league since they beat Salernitana in the first game of the year. Their poor form continued on Sunday afternoon as they suffered an embarrassing 5-2 defeat at the San Siro against a Sassuolo side seeking their first win since last year. 

Milan are currently on six game winless run

But while the defeat compounds Milan’s misery, Pioli says their troubles started when they faced Mourinho’s Roma. 

Milan met Roma earlier this month at the San Siro, and looked on course for a routine win after taking a two-goal lead, courtesy of goals from Pierre Kalulu and Tommaso Pobega. 

However, they conceded two late goals with three minutes to go as Roger Ibanez and Tammy Abraham gave Roma an unlikely point. 

Blame it on Roma- Pioli

Since then Milan have been on a losing streak, with Pioli admitting after the defeat against Sassuulo that Roma killed off his side’s spirit. 

“We have been unable to react ever since Roma’s equalizer,” he added. “We’re not able to deliver the same performances as before from a tactical and mental standpoint,” Pioli said as per Roma Press

“Now it seems like we get slapped and instead of reacting accordingly, we succumb to the opponent’s pressure,” he added. 

Pioli says Milan's troubles started when they gave up a two-goal lead against Roma

Meanwhile, Roma have been in impressive form this year, losing just once- a 2-1 defeat against champions-elect. 

However, both Roma and Milan are currently out of the top four places, although only two points separate second and sixth in Serie A. 

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Milan return to action Sunday when they take on Inter in the second instalment of this season’s Milan derby. 

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