Brocchi: Milan players need to step up

Embattled AC Milan coach Cristian Brocchi has made it clear that devising strategies to overcome Juventus in the Coppa Italia final will only get his side so far.

Reports from the Rossineri dressing room following the 3-1 home loss to Roma suggest that Brocchi is laying much of the blame for his side's poor performances at the feet of his players. Now the 40-year-old has reapeated this notion in a recent interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We’ve been studying Juve tactically since I arrived," he said.

"It’s very nice to think I could affect the game, studying the very few weaknesses, seeing where to strike. But it’s fundamental that every player has venom inside themselves.

"I don’t accept the idea that those who haven’t won anything don’t have venom. The disappointment of the Roma game was in realising that the team wasn’t ready for the final. Now I have clear ideas about who can’t offer me anything," he added.

"I don’t want to give excuses to the team. So if we were to play the final like we did last Saturday, I would run far away. Sometimes you must be tough with people, and Sunday was one of those times," he said, referring to his backroom outburst where he allegedly accused his team of having "no dignity" and "no balls".

"The players have had a different approach in the last few days even in the way they look, as if they’re preparing for an important match inside themselves.

"A Coppa win wouldn’t change the season, otherwise we run the risk of fooling ourselves. The season will remain negative."

Milan ended seventh in the Serie A this season, meaning that winning the prestigious trophy is the only way the club can qualify for European football next season.