Milan spent almost half of the season at the top of the table, as the leader of the championship race in Serie A, but with frequent mistakes in the previous two months, their dream to raise the Scudetto, exactly ten years after reaching their last is over.
Moreover, not only have they been knocked out of the title race, the Rossoneri will have a big fight in the last nine rounds to save their place in the Champions League. Although, as the strategist of the Milan giant emphasized at the conference before tomorrow's match with Parma, a place in the first four has always been the goal of his team.
They allegedly did not even think about the title. "We never talked about the Scudetto, it came from you (journalists). It's nice here, we are working with the club and the owners to bring Milan back to normal, to Europe, which is very important," said Pioli.
But as Milan currently plays, the fans are rightly afraid. In the last seven games in the championship, only three victories. In the previous round, only one point at San Siro against Sampdoria.
Match against Parma
Juventus has a one-point less, Atalanta has two, and Napoli four less.
Pioli, on the other hand, hopes that his team could reach the number of about 80 points by the end of the season, which would be enough to achieve the goal. "Currently we are focused only on the next game. Parma is a tough opponent, a team that has the quality and plays fast.
We are always focused on the highest goals and we are very disappointed when we fail to be at the highest level." "We have studied the mistakes we made, we know which mistakes, and now we should not repeat them.
Many things did not work against Sampdoria, but I repeat, only tomorrow's match is important at the moment and we know how complicated it will be." "If we manage to maintain the average so far, we can finish the season with close to 80 points," Pioli assures.
Milan had started the season furiously and most thought they could get the Scudetto. However, it turned out that Milan does not have the quality to be able to play 38 rounds at the same level. Also, Milan had problems with injuries, and many players from the bench cannot replace standard players and do not have that quality.
However, if Milan secures a place in the Champions League, they will achieve the goal they set before the start of the season.