Pioli: “There’s been a big step forward in our attitude but we can play better, I don’t care about the statements of Piątek’s dad, Paquetá and the mercato…”

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Stefano Pioli during Brescia-Milan at Stadio Mario Rigamonti on January 24, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

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.

The squad celebrating during Brescia-Milan at Stadio Mario Rigamonti on January 24, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

“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.

Zlatan Ibrahimović during Brescia-Milan at Stadio Mario Rigamonti on January 24, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

“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.”

Ante Rebić celebrating during Brescia-Milan at Stadio Mario Rigamonti on January 24, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

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.”

Hakan Çalhanoğlu during Brescia-Milan at Stadio Mario Rigamonti on January 24, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

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.

Stefano Pioli during Brescia-Milan at Stadio Mario Rigamonti on January 24, 2020. (@acmilan.com)

“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.”

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ola
6 months ago

Please coach give Piatek chance don’t listing to what is dad is saying. Please our directors sign Tonali

Gxb echo
Gxb echo
6 months ago
Reply to  ola

I really hope we try for tonali. I would hate to see him go to juve or inter.

dejan10
dejan10
6 months ago
Reply to  ola

Well we’ve already missed out Olmo, Tonali won’t join either, Piatek will leave, Calhanoglu will stay and we’ll sign Antonee Robinson. Hard to say which of these moves are the most depressing…

Asy
Asy
6 months ago
Reply to  ola

I’d sign tonali or nikola moro for dmc in a 442 diamond. Bennacer can rotate with paqueta at lcm, kessie at rcm as destroyer ala gattuso with krunic as reserve, and sign De paul or zaracho for the tip of the diamond (now that olmo and reinier are gone.sigh)

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
6 months ago

We all know now who plays good and who doesn’t. All I care is about the results now. Inter played shittt last year but Spalleti still managed to get them points. If Pioli’s doing the same thing and take us to CL or EL after a disastrous start, then i’ll take it. Doesn’t matter how he does it. I’m done complaining about how these coaches do this, do that, etc. Give me the dirty points, That’s all!

Ted
Ted
6 months ago

While Ibra is here to help our young ones, Donnarumma, Romagnoli, Theo, Bennacer, Rebić all have strong and tireless character and should be considered as pillars of this team. These are kind of players the management should look for. Players that won’t break down easily when things go wrong.

My humble opinion

Deku
Deku
6 months ago
Reply to  Ted

Bennacer has indeed redeemed himself from the horrible form at the start of the season. But Paqueta hasn’t been given a proper chance in the new 4-4-2 line-up. He does overdue with the Brazilian thing but last year when he came the passes that he distributed have been lacking in this squad for a long time, if you don;t believe me rewatch some games lads, flaming is easy but don’t lie when it comes to performance levels which he showed last season. Bona, as much as I love him, should be sold, or rather used with Fiorentina to get Milinkovic,… Read more »

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
6 months ago

I hate throwing out formations, but I really don’t know why we don’t try the diamond midfield. Yes,
we don’t have the perfect midfielders for it, but certainly they better in a diamond than in a flat 4?

I mean let’s not give up on Paquetta as a number 10, have him fight for it with Hakan. This way both players don’t get wasted here. And Bennaser can play the regista with Krunic/Hakan and Kessie flanking him.

At the very least this will allow for Theo and Conti have less defensive responsibilities due to the cover of the mezzele.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
6 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Have Zlatan make it his project on turning Paquetta into a scoring number 10; if anybody can do it, he can

Asy
Asy
6 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Paqueta is struggling as mezzala this season because bakayoko left. Now he’s having more defensive responsibility because bennacer needs more help defensively when played as regista. The only way to solve this is to get a proper dm like tonali, nikola moro or florentino luis. Then paqueta can rotate with bennacer as the lcm with kessie as rcm in a 442 diamond.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
6 months ago
Reply to  Asy

Florentino will be a good buy

Ted
Ted
6 months ago

Have you seen Daniel Maldini’s statistics this season? 10 games, 8 goals and 4 assists in all competitions. A reminder for the next time we see Hakan in starting eleven

alexmilan
alexmilan
6 months ago
Reply to  Ted

Forget the statistics, most of them are from penalties or free kicks ! He’s very slow, he has executions and some good technique but he is very slow, I don’t know when he will be ready for the first team, but you need speed when you play AM or SS like him, you don’t have much time from defenders in Italy, but I hope he will turn into something good for AC Milan. I think we have a beast in Primavera, and that beast deserves a chance and his name is Luan Capanni, ST or SS, 1,90m, strong like a… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
6 months ago
Reply to  Ted

i’ve always known that maldini’s good ever since i saw video of him at 6yr old performing maldini-esque tackle on seedorf on utube almost a decade ago but lets be real here; maldini is pro player playing for ac milan and milan primavera now compete in primavera 2a, a primavera serie b. of course he’s gonna perform there but that doesnt prove anything. he faces greater challenge in milan training sessions than when facing these primavera serie b teams. yes he’s accurate free kick taker, a free kick kid vero, but just because he performs well in primavera serie b… Read more »

Agustinar
Agustinar
6 months ago

Please give Paqueta a chance to play alongside Kessie against Hellas Verona

nick
nick
6 months ago
Reply to  Agustinar

I think it’s a done deal that Paquetà, Suso and likely Piatek will leave. I’m disappointed to say the least regarding Paquetá and Piatek’s possible departure because it clearly shows how inexperienced and short sighted Milan management are at the moment. Leao hasn’t really impressed me even playing with Ibra and only the game against Sampdoria seem to be his best played so far. Why not play both Ibra and Piatek if Pioli thinks Ibrahimović is untouchable? To sell Piatek at this point seems like a really stupid decision. People talking about Leipzig Timo Weiner as an option but will… Read more »

Nesta1
Nesta1
6 months ago

Did we buy Rodriguez for 20 million, now we selling him for 5 million?

nick
nick
6 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Yep. That’s what happens when you have inexperienced people as managers that don’t have strong negotiation skills. The majority of the players Mirabelli were failures.

Most of our the players we buy were overpriced and that’s why we end up selling them at a loss.

Nesta1
Nesta1
6 months ago
Reply to  nick

Not good he’s worth more than that, he’s a decent defender to be honest. I’m surprised a few more clubs haven’t shown interest in him. But as u say it seems to be normal for milan. Wouldn’t amaze me if they let paqueta go for 20 million either.

dejan10
dejan10
6 months ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Yep, and looking to buy Antonee Robinson as a replacement… It’s like we’re dealing with management that’s more used to managing women’s volleyball or something and now all of a sudden have to adapt to football.

Nesta1
Nesta1
6 months ago
Reply to  dejan10

Do u know much bout florento Luis? Young player potential, but he’s not a regular for benfica!

Nästa
Nästa
6 months ago

If Milan has the better idea they will have more of tactical changes to se the best of our players. Now We cant just splash out money, unless We need to go bankrupt.
Have a defensive more solid plan but a more fluid attacking plan. At least two diffrent formations for our players. I like the Idea of getting the primavera in soon

soheil balini
soheil balini
6 months ago

Unrelated: Inzaghi is top of Serie B with 15 points margin. I think his coaching career is exactly like his playing career. getting better with time and experience.

Milan10
Milan10
6 months ago
Reply to  soheil balini

im sure pretty signora marina inzaghi is very proud of their sons.
see? these milan legends should start at the very bottom first and then when they’ve proven themselves like sheva, rijkaard THEN they can coach milan. appointing them while they’re still green and inexperienced is idiotic.

soheil balini
soheil balini
6 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

Yeah his appointment was wrong but we didn’t give him the time and players he needed too. The players didn’t respect him and the management chose a replacement half way through.

Milan10
Milan10
6 months ago
Reply to  soheil balini

yeah the squad was abysmal back then, full of free agents but inzaghi himself was very incompetent due to lack of experience. i mean, look at madrid. zidane learned under mou and ance’s tutelages before becoming full on coach. he’s not solari, inzaghi dll who have no experience whatsoever