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A few days ago, AC Milan lost 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League. Mario Balotelli attempted to justify this debacle on Twitch. The reason he gave was motivation, which may well have been lacking.
“The way I’ve seen them play in the last few games, they’re a difficult team to classify. Maybe they have a big game against PSG, and then they make some spectacular slip-ups. Maybe the problem is motivation. Apart from two or three phenomena, there isn’t any. Footballers can have more or less motivation, but it’s up to you to find it. One example is the Coppa Italia. In the first few games, you play against inferior teams and generally those who never play are on the pitch, then if there’s a starter, it’s not that he’s apathetic, but he doesn’t have the motivation he might have in the Champions League. If you reach the quarter-finals or semi-finals, the situation changes. A Milan team that wins the Europa League is less of a sensation than other teams anyway,” said Mario Balotelli.