After Inter, Milan is, along with Napoli, the biggest contender for the Serie A title, and that is why mistakes like the one against Salernitana (2: 2) five days ago should not be repeated. After a disappointing performance and a visit to Salerno, the Rossoneri will meet Udinese in the 27th round on Friday.
If they want to be beaten by the voice of a serious candidate for the Scudetto, that is the game they have to win. "We feel good. We made some mistakes in the last game and we need a better performance tomorrow. We have to focus on ourselves, we played too wildly against Salernitana and we have to stick to the game plan."
"I expect to see better and progress ", Milan coach Stefano Pioli began his presentation at the press conference. The Italian expert is aware that his players struggled against Udinese in the first part of the season, and that they reached the point at the former Friuli exclusively thanks to the quality of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who deftly scored in the referee's compensation.
"Now our focus is on Udinese, also a solid team that plays quite intense football and has quality players in the offensive line," said Pioli about Udinese, which almost beat Lazio in the last round in the referee's compensation, and continued immediately.
"We made a solid team, now we have to make sure we look better in our house, adding some details and trying to be the best version of ourselves until the end of the championship." "We have to be fast in returning and winning the ball, we have to be like animals.
We have the ball, we have to be wise. Each of the next 12 games is crucial. "
Milan finished the previous season as the vice-champion of Italy with 79 points, and is currently the leader in the number of 56 - he has 12 more matches left until the end, ie he has 36 points in circulation.
"Our goal is to win more points than last season. If we win the title, it will be a sensational achievement," Pioli did not want to put pressure on the shoulders of his chosen ones.
On several occasions this season, Milan struggled with attacking options due to injuries, and after the return of Ante Rebić to the team, the personnel situation in the offensive line seems to be quite high.
Even Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to a complete return after a problem with the Achilles tendon. "I expect a lot from Ante because he is a very good player. He is progressing and now we have three strikers at our disposal - him, Leao, and Giroud, two will always be in the starting lineup."
At the end of the season, Ibrahimović's contract with the Rossoneri expires, and there has been a lot of speculation about his future in recent days. Journalists were interested in whether Pioli if he wondered, would extend the contract of the legendary Swede.