Milan coach Stefano Pioli spoke about the current problems his team has faced in the past period, after two consecutive defeats in Serie A by Spezia and Inter, which have moved his team away from first place in the table.
As of tomorrow, in the return match of the 1/16 finals of the Europa League against the Red Star (21.00), the Rossoneri want to start returning to the right rhythm and prove that they can still play at a high level. "The road in Europe was difficult.
Of course, we had difficulties, but we overcame them. We have to play with a lot of attention and determination. We need high quality. On Sunday (derby with Inter, prim.aut) we did not have smiles on our faces, but there is a desire to restart, to show that we can play great football and win."
"Now we have an obstacle in the form of the Red Star, we have a small advantage, which does not allow us to prepare the match in a different way. We will have to play well enough to pass We analyzed the last game."
"We made a mistake in the lack of intensity without the ball, especially in the first half-hour. It is not a failure to fall in this match The failure is to stay where you fell. But from tomorrow we have to start playing intensively again."
"It will be a complicated match but are close to the next round. We want to go further in Europe," Pioli said. The defense is not at the level of some previous games, but Pioli does not allow such assessments. "It is always wrong to divide the responsibility into positions in the team.
We try to attack with all the players, and we have to do that in defense as well. We were not compact, we did not have intensity. We have to start playing with rhythm and consistency, from tomorrow's game."
Tonali, Bennacer, Kessie and Ibrahimovic
Young midfielder Sandro Tonali was under fire from critics.
"When the collective performance is not at the level, then individuals can find themselves under attack. But he is progressing well." Bennacer is not able to get out of the injury problem, Franck Kessie will have to go on the field against Red Star as well.
"Bennacer doesn't have the same strength at the moment. He needs individual work. He won't work with the team this week. Kessie is fine, and we'll see what choice I make tomorrow." "We have the quality and resources in the team to maintain the level of play for all three days."
. The pressure on Ibrahimović, due to his participation in Sanremo, is extremely great in the public. "I talk to Ibrahimovic every day. He will miss a few trainings, but he will be there for the matches. He has even more motivation from these pressures."