Stefano Pioli was pleased with the win over Brescia, although he believes his side has the quality to play better.
The Rossoneri continued their excellent run as last night at Stadio Mario Rigamonti, they beat Brescia to record a fourth consecutive win in all competitions.
This win puts Milan, at least temporarily, in sixth place which leads to the Europa League, and seven points behind fourth-place Roma. Getting the win yesterday however was not easy at all as only Gigio Donnarumma’s heroics and Ante Rebić’s impact off the bench and goal (72′) made the difference.
“Not a beautiful Milan? But a winning one [smiles],” coach Pioli told Sky Italia at the end of the encounter on Friday evening. “We can play better. But now we have the right attitude, we know how to suffer and we know we have the right qualities to win games.
“We’re in the Europe zone now? We have to improve, we are satisfied with the latest results, and the mentality is the right one. But on a technical-tactical level we have to do better. We have to get better on the field. We have to think only about the next game, only in this way we can do good things.
“In the last nine games we’ve kept six clean sheets? We are recovering, we are a completely different team from where we started. We have changed situations and positions on the pitch, but we’ve changed our attitude above all. We want to play the game but there are a lot of games left. Also on Friday we understood how difficult the league is, Brescia put us in trouble and had their chances.
“The Coppa Italia game on Tuesday against Torino? It’s a fundamental game, we’ll have to do better on a technical level.
“Ibrahimović didn’t score but his arrival marked a turning point? It’s no coincidence, he is an added value for his presence, depth and quality. The whole team was good at working to reverse the course after the violent and damaging crash in Bergamo. Zlatan has helped us but his teammates also did well to understand that something had to change in attitudes and situations.
“Paquetá? Lucas is going through a particular moment. Clearly I would have preferred to take him with me. Until Thursday he hadn’t shown any particular state of mind and then he said that he wasn’t at peace and I preferred not to call him up. It’s better to do a good training session than have a passive appearance.
“The mercato? If there are exits then there will be signings. The directors are working and waiting. We’ll draw conclusions on Friday, after the last day.”
Speaking in the post-match presser, Pioli said: “What has changed after the defeat in Bergamo? We’ve tried to do different things, otherwise these results wouldn’t have come. Milan know how to suffer? We have shown that we have the right mentality to suffer and to win the game.
“Ibrahimović? He is an added value but his teammates have also been good. The team has shown that it’s convinced of its qualities. Rebić? He did very well. He is physically well and he had a huge impact. A comment on the words of Piątek’s dad [who said his son is mentally focused on leaving Milan]? I have nothing to comment on Piątek’s dad’s statement, I don’t care.
“Tonali? I’m talking about the players I have available. The league is long and the games are difficult, you need a lot of perseverance in the work.”
Pioli also had an interview with MilanTV: “We have the conviction to dig in during the tough moments and that can lead to important wins. This is one of the squad’s strengths, there has been a big step forward in our attitude and mentality.
“Rebić? He is making the most of his positive moment, he’s in great physical and mental condition. He is in great form and is making a massive contribution to the team. He needs to continue like this as do all of us, because we can – and must – perform even better than these last few games.
“Donnarumma’s performance after the mistake against Udinese? Making mistakes comes with the territory for goalkeepers, although clearly when they make a mistake it is far more obvious, but he has the mental strength to overcome it, which he’d already shown last Sunday. He made a mistake but he was immediately focused and clear-minded, ready to help the team. He was ready once again. Gigio is doing really well, he’s developing fantastically; mentally and technically. He is a great ‘keeper.
“The performance? In technical terms, we can definitely play better, we can move more and create more options, that’s for sure. However, the key thing is to play with the awareness that games must be played right until the end with complete focus and determination.”