AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli refused to apologise to supporters after their 5-1 derby humiliation at the hands of Inter Milan.
Saturday night’s thrashing was their fifth consecutive defeat to Inter this year but there was no show of contrition afterwards.
‘I do not agree with this idea of apologising to the fans,’ said an angry Pioli.
‘Do you think we lost 5-1 to Inter on purpose and lose the derby? We are disappointed, just as the fans are.
‘You should only apologise when you do something wrong on purpose.’
Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan shipped five goals in the derby with Inter – but he refused to apologise
There were contrasting emotion at San Siro as Inter beat their rivals for the fifth time in a row
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Pushed further on the subject by reporters, he replied: ‘You turn around and look at what you want. We lost five derbies and will try to do better.’
The result continued Inter’s perfect start to the season with four wins from four but represented a hefty first loss for Pioli’s Milan.
They lost both legs of their Champions League semi-final meeting with Inter, as well as the corresponding league game 1-0 in February.
Milan also suffered a 3-0 loss to their rivals in the Italian Super Cup in January, meaning they have scored only once and conceded 12 times in five meetings.
‘Inter are strong, that is not surprising. But the result is too heavy considering our performance,’ Pioli added.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened the scoring just five minutes in at San Siro, with Marcus Thuram’s long-range strike doubling their lead.
Rafael Leao pulled a goal back for Milan on 57 minutes but further goals by Mkhitaryan, Hakan Calhanoglu, a penalty, and Davide Frattesi handed Inter an emphatic win.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (bottom) bagged a brace on a triumphant day for the blue-and-black side of the San Siro
New recruit Marcus Thuram had a derby day debut to remember with a fine first-half goal
Milan were humbled by the home side with strikers including Olivier Giroud unable to get off the mark