AC Milan defender Simon Kjaer admits that it’s a very negative feeling to lose 5-1 to Inter Milan in the derby.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset, via FCInterNews, the 34-year-old briefly reacted to the thrashing at the hands of the Nerazzurri.
Inter and Milan both headed into Saturday’s derby match high on confidence.
Both the Nerazzurri and the Rossoneri had won their opening three matches of the season. They were the only two teams in Serie A to begin the campaign with perfect starts.
Inter had beaten Monza, Cagliari, and Fiorentina. Meanwhile, Milan had gotten the better of Bologna, Torino, and Roma.
This form had marked the two Milan sides as early favourites for the Serie A title.
And it had, naturally, made Saturday’s match look like an early bellwether in the Scudetto race.
But in the space of a couple hours, Inter seemed to dramatically change the complexion of that race.
Now, Inter’s momentum has become even greater than it had been before the international break. And Milan, by contrast, are virtually going back to square one as they aim to get their season back on track following virtually the worst possible result to return from the international break.
AC Milan Defender Simon Kjaer On Losing 5-1 To Inter Milan
Former Palermo, Wolfsburg, Sevilla, and Roma defender Kjaer started yesterday’s match.
The Dane is not necessarily first-choice in the Rossoneri’s defense anymore. Far from it, he has become more of a backup option.
But a suspension to Fiyako Tomori and an injury to Pierre Kalulu meant that Stefano Pioli called upon Kjaer.
And the veteran defender was part of a backline that virtually crumbled against Inter.
In the first half, the Rossoneri conceded two goals as they looked unable to keep pace with Inter’s strikers.
And then in the final half hour, after Milan had gotten a goal back, the Nerazzurri put the seal on the win with three goals.
Kjaer admitted that “It’s awful losing 5-1 in the derby. Now we have to look back and improve.”
“But at the same time,” the defender argued, “we can’t forget how far our project has already come.”