Filippo Inzaghi has pledged that AC Milan fans will see a “different team entirely” to the side that was plagued by mistakes during an underwhelming preseason campaign.
The Rossoneri finished eighth in Serie A last season, missing out on European football for the first time since 1998-99, and responded by installing Inzaghi as coach in place of Clarance Seedorf.
However, a 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Sunday evening was just the latest in a string of worrying preseason results: Milan were also beaten 3-0 by Olympiakos, 5-1 by Manchester City and 2-0 by Liverpool, with their only respite coming in a 3-0 victory over Chivas.
“Right now, I’m just focusing on our performances and they have been good,” Inzaghi told the club’s official wesite after Sunday’s defeat in Spain. “We were on a par with Valencia tonight and I’ll dwell on the performance, not the result.
“Compared to 20 days ago, we’re now a different team entirely. When the season starts, we won’t be making mistakes. Our most important game is the one against Lazio.”
Two of those mistakes were made by new signing Diego Lopez, who had a debut to forget between the posts. After being lobbed from 45 yards by Paco Alcacer, the former Real Madrid goalkeeper was then beaten inside his near post by Rodrigo as Christian Abbiati, the man he replaced, watched on from the bench.