Prandelli: “Milan did well to rely on Pioli, he is a tailor who finds a way to sew the right dress for his team”

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Cesare Prandelli during Napoli-Genoa at Stadio San Paolo on April 7, 2019. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Cesare Prandelli has spoken about Stefano Pioli, saying Milan did the right thing by giving him the keys after sacking Marco Giampaolo.

Milan announced that coach Pioli has replaced the sack Giampaolo and signed a contract with the Rossoneri until June 2021 (although il Corriere della Sera and others are reporting that without a Top 6 finish his contract will be dissolved at the end of the current season).

The fans did not like the decision of Milan to get Pioli as they were hoping for a coach of a higher-profile to replace Giampaolo. However, former Italy and Genoa coach Cesare Prandelli, is a fan of the former Inter and Fiorentina boss.

“I too, like Pioli, have been labeled as a Normal One. And I’m proud of it. It means being a serious, balanced and prepared person. And too bad if we don’t have sensational attitudes, if we don’t feed debates with our behavior… we are football coaches, not actors,” Prandelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Pioli as a teammate at Juventus? He was a talented young man in the role of the central defender, he also had good feet.

Stefano Pioli during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

“Do you know what I particularly like about Stefano…? He is a creative tailor. What do I mean by that? He is not a coach tied to a single idea of the game. Like many coaches, he’s also a top-level coach. Pioli has great knowledge of football. This allows him to adapt to the material that is made available to him by the club. Milan did well to rely on Pioli. Why? Because he is quick to find solutions. And therefore even if he enters during the league he can have an immediate impact.

“Why do I think Giampaolo failed? Seeing the Rossoneri team from outside, I developed this theory: Giampaolo loves reasoned-out football whereas at Milan all the players ware instinctive. It’s difficult to find a meeting point. The fact remains that we are talking about a figure that 100 per cent deserves the label of ‘maestro’ of our sport.

Stefano Pioli and Paolo Maldini during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

“Pioli during his times at Fiorentina? I would like to start with an emphasis that is human and not technical: Stefano was fantastic in managing the tragedy of Davide Astori’s death with his dressing room. And in my ranking of values, the man comes before the professional and the character.

“What struck me about his Fiorentina from a tactical point of view? The idea of using both wingers high and, if necessary, using one more in the center of the field. It happened with Federico Chiesa and could happen with Suso. And then the three-and-a-half man defense. The rotation of the players who made up the department. This too can be something to revive at Milan. But I repeat, Pioli is a tailor who always finds a way to sew the right dress for the team he trains. And of course, he knows how to work with cashmere but also with the simplest fabric.

Cesare Prandelli during Genoa- Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on January 21, 2019. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

“How do I rate today’s Milan? It is a team that has important interpreters in all roles. Of course, it takes some time to assemble them and find a common identity. But Milan can aspire to high-level objectives. The important thing is not to expect everything and immediately. The club must let Stefano work.

“The presence of two figures like Boban and Maldini should be a guarantee in this sense? For a coach it’s important to be able to dialogue with people who have football skills. Boban and Maldini have those for sure. Then, in football as in life, there may be different opinions. I wish Stefano to have, inside Milan, technical conflicts, that he will certainly succeed in overcoming, confronting the Milan world in the right way.

“What is Pioli’s first technical challenge at Milan? Giving a soul to Milan. The league has just started, nothing is compromised. The Rossoneri team can look up. Without exaggeration, though. I’m happy that after the end of the rapport with Fiorentina, Stefano has now the opportunity to work in a prestigious place. He deserves it.”

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Milan won’t get any where with these fossil, mediocre, out of job coaches! We need a world class coach with proven track record. I really like the way Ajax plays football. I wish we could lure Erik ten Hag away.
P.S. I have a lot of respect for Prandelli. He is a great human being, and I liked the way Italy played under his reign, but he is also outdated for current football. We need an up to date coach with new ideas.

Soheil
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Pioli is 53!!! Eric Ten hag is 49! He will be a fossil in next for years. (Based on your logic)

dodger
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dodger

Something is seriously wrong with you. Have you got yourself checked soaphail? and the rest of the morons downvoting? Fossil = OUTDATED! You get it now smarty?

Freestyle
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Freestyle

The Eric Ten Hag that lost a 3-0 lead in the Champions League? What bloody difference will he make?

Coach Seedorf
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Coach Seedorf

@Rololeo, Like Erik Ten Hag was a world class coach with proven track record before he joined ajax right?

Nino
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Nino

Hmmm… It’s time to support Milan! That means support the coach. Let’s give him a chance until he screws up. Good luck Pioli! Forza Milan!

musaanku22
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musaanku22

coach pioli dont select this mad players like 1suso 2hakan 3musaccio 4kessie 5rodriguez 6biglia

Coach Seedorf
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@musaanku22, that’s like telling Ancelloti please don’t select Inzaghi, Gattuso, Kaladze or Serginho cos they are either one trick pony or not good enough.
Pioli, select all players at your disposal and use them rightly, get the best out of them, cos I know we don’t have any useless player in our roster

Milan10
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Milan10

lol at kaladze a one trick pony. the guy was a mf at dinamo kyiv for gods sake. do people even football anymore?

Coach Seedorf
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Coach Seedorf

@kaladze not good enough, read well please. I said either one trick pony or not good enough.

Milan10
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Milan10

lol at kaladze being not good enough. he’s much better than romag or musa for gods sake.

Agustinar
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Agustinar

exciting to see what Pioli will do for next match

Nathan Graegin
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Nathan Graegin

Wtf are these fuckin ppl talkin about! He has a neg track record! He has been fired at every club except for when he resigned himself! Jesus Christ get a proven coach! I read this guy will be relying on hakan, suso, biglia and piatek! I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again! These mid to small team coaches are in awe of players slightly better than the crap they are used to. Also they have no clue how bad Milan has been bc they had to focus on their teams. Anyone that does any research or uses their… Read more »

Freestyle
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Freestyle

Conte has also been fired by both Juve and Chelsea, what does that prove?

Coach Seedorf
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Coach Seedorf

@Nathan Graegin, Piatek can’t score??? Suso or Hakan has no vision?? Did you watch Biglia at Lazio under Pioli? Clap fo yourself….
Let the coach work in peace please, you guys complain too much. Milan surprisingly has nagging fans lol

Niels8
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Niels8

I don’t believe anymore on anything like this.
Remember what the legendary Sacchi also said about Giampaolo? What really has happened was clearly far from the expert prediction.

Coach Seedorf
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Coach Seedorf

I think Prandelli just explained something very clearly which makes sense to me. He said “Why do I think Giampaolo failed? Seeing the Rossoneri team from outside, I developed this theory: Giampaolo loves reasoned-out football whereas at Milan all the players ware instinctive. It’s difficult to find a meeting point. The fact remains that we are talking about a figure that 100 per cent deserves the label of ‘maestro’ of our sport”. Let’s face the fact, Milan players play some level of individualistic football, it affected Giampaolo’s team play and philosophy of the game. Look at Gattuso’s team, he got… Read more »

A.C. Milan 1899
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A.C. Milan 1899

I’m not clear what it is Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini actually do. Add Ricky Massara to the mix, then there’s Gazidis and Paolo Scaroni, all of whom answer to the shadowy London offices of Elliott Management. Who is, ultimately, in charge at Milan? I don’t think even they really know.

Milan10
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Milan10

“ Giampaolo loves reasoned-out football whereas at Milan all the players ware instinctive” correctamundo signore. hell, i think even his mentor said so in his interview. giamfanculo is a rigid, unimaginative coach. he’s also a coward who abandons his own system at the first sight of trouble

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@Milan10, correctamundo, he abandoned formation not system of play. I believe Correa’s absence affected the 4312 plan. Pep changes formation a lot but his system of play and philosophy remains the same. Contrary to your reasoning, Giampaolo showed flexibility by switching from 4312 to 4321 and 433. Agreed things didn’t work out bubhe had only 7games. You don’t judge a coach by 7games.

Milan10
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Milan10

uh, pep has clear footballing philosophy; modern day ajax’s total football. would u care to explain it to me what is giamfanculo’s system exactly? because all i saw was bunch of scared and confused players trying to get penalties.
and yeah, u shouldnt judge a coach by 7 games but when the coach has worst start in 80 years i think u would be dumb not to sack him