Leonardo Bonucci questions AC Milan’s mentality in loss to Arsenal

Leonardo Bonucci questions AC Milan’s mentality in loss to Arsenal

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AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci has claimed his side did not enter their clash in the Europa League against Arsenal with the right frame of mind.

The Italians now face an uphill battle to qualify for the final eight after goals to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey confined Milan to a 2-0 home defeat.

Despite the loss, Bonucci was confident his side could learn plenty from the result.

“We did not have the right mentality right from the get go,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia. “We were a little scared since we are so young. Let’s hope we learn from this.

“It is hard but we will have to give it a go [in the second leg]. Anything can happen in football so we have to stay positive.

“Arsenal ran a lot and they have a lot of quality but we also made mistakes. We didn’t play as a team so that’s what you get. We had to be smarter and more responsible with the ball, this we know.

“We were too nervous and excited, everyone made mistakes. In the second half we played with more courage but it wasn’t enough. Credit to Arsenal, who played a great first half.

 “If we play in London with the same spirit we showed in the second half, we might be able to pull it off.”

 

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