Milan - AC Milan are a quality side but are suffering many
psychological problems, Bologna coach Roberto Donadoni said after his team's
shock 1-0 win at the San Siro on Wednesday.
"They have some problems, many of which are
psychological," Donadoni told the Milan Channel after steering his side to
their first win of 2016 and their third in four consecutive games.
"The quality is there, unfortunately when things aren't
going well the players start to feel the weight of the Milan shirt."
Donadoni, who has transformed Bologna since taking over from
sacked Delio Rossi at the start of November, knows all about pressure having
been at the helm of Parma last season when they suffered the ignominy of
financial ruin and relegation from Italy's top flight.
The 52-year-old former Italy coach is also an authority on
Milan, having been personally recruited by club president Silvio Berlusconi in
1986 before going on to enjoy huge domestic success including six league titles
during a 10-year spell at the club.
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Offering some advice to embattled Milan coach Sinisa
Mihajlovic, Donadoni added: "You need patience and character to pull
yourself out of moments like this."
Mihajlovic, whose task this season is to try and qualify
Milan for the Champions League after a two-year absence from Europe's premier
club competition, would add 'scoring goals' to that list of recommendations.
Milan spurned a host of chances to break the deadlock before
Emanuele Giaccherini's 82nd minute winner for the visitors, leaving Mihajlovic
perplexed about how Carlos Bacca, Alessio Cerci and several other players
failed to hit the net with 16 shots on goal.
"We weren't unlucky, when you miss five one-on-one
chances to beat the goalkeeper you risk conceding a goal at the end, and that's
what happened," said Mihajlovic.
"I'm really disappointed for everyone, we are creating
a lot of opportunities but we're scoring few goals. When you get stuck in the
rut, that's what happens.
"Physically, the lads are fine. Maybe it's a mental
problem that we have to look at."
Milan's first defeat since a 1-0 reverse to Juventus at the
end of November left them 10 points behind provisional leaders Fiorentina and
eight behind champions Juventus, who occupy third spot -- a significant blow in
the seven-time European champions' bid for a top three finish.
Milan travel to Roma on Saturday looking to make amends
although the Giallorossi will be doubly determined after giving up a two-goal
lead at Chievo to see the hosts tie the match 3-3 five minutes from the end.
Mihajlovic added: "We had three crucial games in
Bologna, Roma and Carpi, games we needed to win and we've slipped up already.
"But we have to remain a cohesive unit and keep our
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