Pioli: “The team is in good form, we can and must improve our performances, Rebić came back from the break a lot more motivated and determined”

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

Stefano Pioli is looking forward to tomorrow’s game against Torino in the Coppa Italia as he looks to extend Milan’s winning streak.

Milan have won their last four games in all competitions and tomorrow they face Torino in the Coppa Italia quarterfinals.

Torino are coming to San Siro after a heavy 7-0 defeat to Atalanta. Milan, who know a thing or two about taking a beating from Atalanta, will look to take advantage of Torino’s bad moment and advance to the semi-final.

Ahead of the game coach Pioli had an interview with MilanTV:

It is Coppa Italia time, how is the team?
“The team is in good form. It couldn’t be any other way, they are good mentally because winning breeds confidence and conviction in your ability. They are in good shape physically, too, even though we’ve played a lot in recent weeks. So, it will be difficult to choose who has recovered best to field the best 11 tomorrow night.”

The squad during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

A wounded Torino will be visiting San Siro…
“We’ll be facing a wounded Torino, determined to prove their true value. They’re a strong side who suffered a heavy defeat, but a setback can hit anyone. They’ll be determined to make up for that match, and we need to have the same amount of determination and huger because we are determined to continue our positive streak.”

Was the Bergamo rout the turning point of the season?
“Our turning point must always be the next game. This is the mentality we have to adopt because the next game is the most important for our present and our future. We must be fully focused on what we can do tomorrow and not waste energy on things we can no longer change.”

Some are starting to call the turnaround the ‘Pioli Effect’…
“It is the effect of our work, the work of a team which even in the toughest moments, stayed completed focused and determined. However, we are fully aware that we can, and we must, improve our performances. Our results have been very positive but we can be in control of play more, we can be more effective in both phases of play, so we need to continue working because we have ample margin for improvement and it is in our hands to make sure the second half of the season is a very positive period.”

Gianluigi Donnarumma during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Donnarumma – 8 clean sheets, a message to the whole team…
“Both phases of play involve all 11 players on the field, it is no longer possible defend with certain players standing around and not working. At the same time, Gigio’s form is certainly very important to us, he is showing how good he can be but we need to make it so he is called upon less by being tighter and more solid because we did concede a bit too much in recent games.”

Ante Rebić: a goal every 84 minutes…
“Rebić came back from the Christmas break a lot more motivated and determined and he has made the best of the opportunities he had. Clearly, all Milan players must adopt the same mentality if we want to do well, everyone has to work with dedication and motivation, and prove themselves when they are called upon.”

Ante Rebić during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

The fans will once again be in great numbers at San Siro…
“Our fans are fantastic. Even over the course of a season in which we have struggled they have never denied us their support and passion. That’s why we are happy to be playing in front of our fans and we want to achieve our objectives together.”

What do you remember about Kobe Bryant?
“It’s a tragedy that has hit me quite hard because Kobe was not just one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but he was an idol, as example, he had a charisma and a mentality that was fantastic in the sense that he has always transmitted the sheer joy of his sport and his profession as well as maximum determination and ambition to do everything as well as possible. That is why I think he represented an exceptional philosophy of life and sport. I admired him a lot, I’m a fan of basketball and the NBA and admired him so much, it was a terrible shock to hear what happened because after all he had done, he could now enjoy his life and transmit all the values he stood for. It is truly a pity he has left us so soon.”

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

Pioli also had a brief interview with Rai Italia: “We have to face tomorrow’s game with conviction, it’s an important game against an opponent that will be very fierce. Some changes will happen, we come off a very demanding period. The improvements? We put more determination and effectiveness in the two areas of the penalty area: the opponent’s and ours.

“The market? It will close on Friday. From Saturday we will be the definitive ones to end the season. Will there not be the same players that are here now on Saturday? I don’t know…”

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Eighteen99
Eighteen99
10 months ago

My Prediction is 2-1 in favor of AC Milan. By the way, Eng. & Italian coverage on my telegram channel [https://t.me/joinchat/LlZHBhbCEAhgUxnxTzT2Uw]

milan653
milan653
10 months ago

lets get the win
thats all that matters
forza milan

ZeR0W1
ZeR0W1
10 months ago

That’s a good interview right there, I like it. Let’s hope it translates into a good result too.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
10 months ago

This will be a tough one. On the one hand, Torino are coming off a terrible loss and really can’t lose this match. They will be super aggressive and motivated, and we need to bring our fighting face. On the other hand, I don’t think they typically play to Milan’s weaknesses (e.g. overcrowding thr midfield, high pressing, etc …) and we do have the better starting 11 toe to toe (but not by far).

Raven
Raven
10 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Milan will keep a cleen sheet, ibra will score twice I just came back from the future

Scarf'ce
Scarf'ce
10 months ago
Reply to  Raven
Ted
Ted
9 months ago
Reply to  Raven

You saw Suso leave for Sevilla? Maybe Hakan gone? Anything?

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
9 months ago
Reply to  Raven

Why come back Raven? Is it worst then?

Raven
Raven
9 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

@ Ted Suso to Napoli Hakan to some midtable team at August
@Baresis Dream nagging wife, so yeah.

Milan10
Milan10
9 months ago
Reply to  Raven

by wife do u mean ur left or right hand mate?

Milan10
Milan10
10 months ago

“Our turning point must always be the next game. This is the mentality we have to adopt because the next game is the most important for our present and our future.“ damn straigh coach. forget about the past and distant future, what matters is now.
please rest romag and for once i wanna see leao/rebic – piatek combo upfront. also, if u value logic and common sense, pretty please with cherry on top, DO NOT play hakan as lm

Cocor
10 months ago

Pioli is so wrong the team is not in good form, any team, ACMILAN playing is played better than us to me they’re lucky win

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
9 months ago
Reply to  Cocor

I agree we have been lucky lately as we havent been been playing convincingly enough in the last two games but looking at his comments in the interview he actually seem to realize something that some parts of our fan base wont aknowledge and that is that they certainly can and should improve their overall game. If they doesnt do that our luck wont last for long but hopefully the recent fortune will help them to grow and step up their game and start controlling the fixtures instead of letting our fate in donnarummas hands or for that matter the… Read more »

anom
anom
9 months ago
Reply to  Cocor

Well… Even though Milan were outplayed in the recent matches, Milan still played MUCH better than in Nov/Dec. So… Progress even though not enough. At least the direction is right and the players are trying more.

Terry
Terry
10 months ago

I fully support our boys. However we’ll need to rest some of our players so we can take full points against Verona and be in a good place against Inter.

Suso will have to play this game, and hopefully Paqueta as well. I am not sure who will partner Piatek. Our squad is a bit thin this season.
Let’s see how we manage. Forza Milan

anom
anom
9 months ago
Reply to  Terry

Suso doesn’t have to play this game – or any for that matter. He’s out of Milan’s plans as he should be. Playing him might even get him injured and ruin the chance of actually getting finally rid of him.

Ted
Ted
9 months ago

If Hakan can make it to first eleven playing LM I don’t understand why Pioli cannot give a chance to Paqueta.

He says Paqueta is a different player not used to play out wide. Sure and Hakan is a reference point to all LM playing footballers across the globe.

Hypocrisy at its finest

anom
anom
9 months ago
Reply to  Ted

Good point. Playing Paqueta there wouldn’t be the first time a Milan player would be playing in the wrong position (especially this year).

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
9 months ago
Reply to  Ted

Paquetta actually played as LM in Brazil several times; but I think everyone is just pissed at the dude

Raven
Raven
9 months ago
Reply to  Ted

Paqueta wants to leave, the kid was hyped by a whole country, fucking agents who said, you’re special, you’re gonna make the top teams in europe. The kid is failing at perform at a team full of crappy players.

That’s his anxiety, we might try Paqueta on different roles as it might help him and his market value, but where is leonardo when we need him?

Emmy Apache
9 months ago

Can someone please tell our baby inexperience management not to sell Piatek
Mourinho knows his quality that’s why he can’t give up

CGT
CGT
9 months ago
Reply to  Emmy Apache

Emmy Apache! Now I see why we are going to loose all our best players come summer. Raiola will take Donarumma, Romagnoli, Ibrahimovic away & I can’t blame him cuz I have never seen a management this immature and inexperienced. West Harm just submitted a bid of £30m loan bid and obligation to buy in the summer for Piatek but our shortsighted management has agreed €28m with Tottenham despite them insisting on lowering that figure by inserting a player we don’t need as a counterpart. We will regret selling Piatek cuz there won’t be a replacement, Napoli has booked Pategna… Read more »