Pioli: “I expect a lot from the team. Milan don’t deserve zero points”

The coach has no doubts: “Tomorrow a fundamental crossroads. We will have to be better at skipping their pressure.” Calabria: “It’s the last chance”

From our correspondent Stefano Cantalupi

Now or never. Stefano Pioli knows perfectly well that the Rossoneri’s remaining hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League pass from the match against Porto. “I expect a lot from my team – he said at the conference at Milanello on the eve -. Our fans are second to none for passion, tomorrow we finally have the opportunity to give them satisfaction in the cup too.” After Porto there is the derby, but the Rossoneri coach dismisses the thought for now: “We don’t have to think about anything other than tomorrow’s game, it’s a fundamental crossroads. We made mistakes in several situations in the first leg, but we have always been good to learn from our mistakes “. Even on the referees, Pioli cuts short: “In Rome we won because we played better than our rivals, in Porto we lost because we played worse. I can’t control the other situations, we are focused on our work”.

Strong Power

Tomorrow night’s opponent has shown that he knows how to put Milan on the ropes. “We feel we do not deserve the zero in the standings, Porto are a very experienced team, strong and difficult – explains the Rossoneri coach -. In the first leg, in addition to Luis Diaz, their management of the ball put us in difficulty. This time we will have to be better at skipping their pressure, because this will give us more confidence. When a team used to playing cannot do it with technical precision and clarity, it encounters big problems and that’s what happened to us in the first leg. Play Giroud? We’ll see after finishing “.

Renewal and Guardiola

On Maldini’s compliments before Roma-Milan and the renewal of the contract: “I’m happy that the quality of the work I have done is recognized, I’m sure we can continue to work well together.” And to those who compare him to Guardiola for the way he manages the team, Pioli replies as follows: “I learn a little from everyone, but I consider Pep the best”.


With the Rossoneri coach on the microphones there is also Davide Calabria, brilliant (and captain) in the Rossoneri’s victory over Roma at the Olimpico. “It is the last chance we have to stay in the Champions League, we are ready and San Siro will be our twelfth man, I hope many fans will come – these are the words of the Rossoneri full-back -. We will believe in it from the first to the last minute of this match. . Some episodes have led us to have a ranking that we do not deserve, but that’s the way it is, the facts count. Are we going better in the league? The credit is due to what we do every day in training, but now it’s time to do the same in Europe “. The Champions League, however, is different from Serie A: “I call it ‘the competition of details’, unfortunately they have not worked in our favor so far. We are happy with what we have done so far in the group, but certainly not satisfied with the results. “. Milan will cling to his game: “We have an attacking and modern style, I am convinced that it will bring good things to Europe as well. We always give our best back to the wall, we owe it to our coach who gives us confidence. From a personal point of view, Pioli taught me a lot about understanding game concepts. Now does he almost always take me to the right? I’ll never ask him where to let me play … it’s his job. ” To those who consider Milan “helped” by some referee decisions favorable to Rome, Calabria replies as follows: “We deserved that victory, we were better on the pitch and our opponents recognized it too.”

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Pioli: “I expect a lot from the team. Milan don’t deserve zero points”

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