Brocchi: Bologna win crucial for morale

Cristian Brocchi feels that Milan's scrappy win over Bologna was crucial for bolstering players' spirits ahead of the Coppa Italia final.

AC Milan's hosts for the penultimate match of the Serie A season were reduced to ten men after only 12 minutes when Amadou Diawara was shown his second yellow.

Bologna's subsequent tactical switch made for a very unattractive match that was won when Carlos Bacca converted a 40th-minute penalty.

The win was the club's first in four matches, the new manager's second since taking over from Sinisa Mihajlovic in mid-April.

"The players needed a win to boost morale and we go home feeling a bit more confident," Brocchi said in the post-match press conference.

"At the start of the match we were able to get the ball to Honda, but once Bologna were sent down to 10-men they dropped deep and we were forced to spread the play wide.

"We are still trying to click and the midfielders were often thwarted by the opposition defence. When you come up against teams that close up you have to choose the right moment to attack the defensive line.

"The team showed the desire to win. We encountered a few difficulties, but the main thing was to come away with all 3 points. This is a big win for morale and the league table.

"Obviously I’d like us to do more, but the important thing was to get the three points and it’s what we got. We brought home three important points.

"We are trying to introduce different ideas and try to reach the Coppa Italia Final against Juventus in the best possible condition, but in the meantime we have a Serie A season to complete," Brocchi concluded.

AC Milan take on Serie A champions Juventus in the Coppa Italia final in Rome on 21 May.

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