Milan players are in the bad shape, many players are injured, so the impression is that the fight for the title is slowly turning into a fight for places that lead to the Champions League. The Rossoneri have another difficult task ahead of them, a visit to Verona (Sunday, 15.00).
Coach Stefano Pioli is full of praise for Ivan Jurić's team, he points out that the main goal is placement in the elite competition, and thus once again refuses to accept the role of one of the favorites in the fight for the Scudetto.
In the last five matches, the Milan players only defeated Roma (2: 1). They drew twice with the Red Star in the Europa League, but thanks to two goals scored at the Rajko Mitic Stadium, they managed to reach the 1/8th finals, where they will face Manchester United.
Defeats by Inter in the city derby (0: 3) and a draw with Udinese in the last round (won from the penalty spot in the seventh minute of the referee's compensation), left a particularly bitter taste, so victory against the awkward Verona is imperative.
The Italian expert admits that he is bothered by the thought that a series of bad results could ruin a great season. "It is clear that in the current year when we compare 2020 and 2021, the results are weaker, but it was difficult to predict that we could continue with good results in the long run."
"Now we have to do our best and play as a team. We have done a lot. positive things, but the next two months will decide the season. The thought that the great things we did in the previous months could fall into the water in a couple of weeks keeps me awake at night.
Milan needs to find a solution
He insists on unity and that Milan as a team must overcome a difficult period. "At the meeting, I will tell the players that I would like to be 30 years younger, so that we can run on the field together.
I want to say that we have to be of that spirit. We are strong and we have to overcome situations like this. I expect the team to play decisively." He is also aware that his team will face a difficult task in the 26th round of Serie A.
"Juric did a great job. Although he changed a lot of players, Verona remained very well organized, played very carefully, but also aggressively." "Verona is physically and technically good. Our task is to move a lot.
We have to find a way to finish the action outside the penalty area, you can't always approach the goal. A lot will depend on the individual performances." "On the other hand, our focus is always on how we will perform, we have to be confident in our abilities."