Stefano Pioli spoke to the press for the final time this season earlier than a match, as he prepares for Matchday 38 in opposition to Cagliari, which he considers ‘difficult’.
The season of the Diavolo is just about over as they’ll be ending in Sixth place in Serie A, however they nonetheless have yet one more recreation to play – they face Cagliari at San Siro on Saturday night at 20:45 CEST.
Stefano Pioli, who signed a two-year renewal with Milan this month, will look to get one other win tomorrow and end this loopy season on a excessive.
“If the truth that the crew has stored going all through and has been constant by way of outcomes and physiologically even after the frustration of the Coppa Italia and the draw in opposition to SPAL can also be essential for subsequent season? Completely,” Pioli mentioned in right now’s pre-match press convention. “That must be the recurring theme for us, there received’t be an excessive amount of time without work between one season and the following and on September 17 we’ll already be concerned within the preliminary spherical of the Europa League. We’ve tried to give you our personal footballing philosophy and as I mentioned, this season ought to permit us to consolidate forward of the following marketing campaign.
“If I’ve somebody to thank on the finish of this very uncommon marketing campaign? There are a selection of those that I must thank. At first I’d prefer to thank my employees, which is made up of some very skilled people, who’ve actually helped me on a private degree by way of the job we’ve carried out. And above all, the those that aren’t essentially on the highlight on Sunday however have helped us day-after-day at Milanello so we are able to work to our most potential right here within the coaching floor. There’s ardour, professionalism, they determine with the membership and so I’d actually prefer to thank all of them.
“If I’ve managed to consolidate within the dressing room the message which I mentioned after the Roma defeat in October that win, draw or loss shouldn’t be the identical factor for Milan? Sure, completely. It’s additionally about forging mentality. I feel that’s crucial facet, that’s the trickiest factor to do and what takes longest to do. However I feel we’ve truly succeeded and managed to do this in a comparatively brief house of time and that must be the premise upon which we’re in a position to kick on and work forward of subsequent season.
“If I’m a bit dissatisfied after the final 25 days to finish this season and depart behind this squad of gamers and the ambiance right here at Milanello the place it seems like all is ideal? Sure, I’m sorry to go away all of it behind. I feel the gamers have loved it as nicely, they’ve every thing out there to us and so it’s solely pure that they need to have a little bit of time without work and get a little bit of a breather. However while you step into the coaching floor, there may be this undeniable fact that we’re on the identical web page, there may be this need to work collectively and that is one thing which may be very gratifying for us by way of work we do, the best way we function collectively and I’m certain that we’ll as soon as once more see it after we come again for subsequent season.
“If I’ll decide my finest Milan facet tomorrow or will I give alternatives to those that’ve performed a bit much less? We’ll decide our strongest XI. I don’t know essentially who will likely be concerned as a result of we nonetheless have our remaining coaching session this night after which now we have one other exercise tomorrow morning. I don’t know if it’ll be the identical first XI that we noticed in opposition to Sampdoria however I’ll naturally must assess the restoration occasions of those that did function in opposition to the Blucerchiati. Rebić is banned so Leão will begin, however it is going to be a aggressive facet and it is going to be despite the fact that there’ll be some modifications, as a result of crucial and constructive factor is that every one the gamers are prepared and all of the gamers have proven that they’re able to contribute after they’re known as upon.
“The household that has been created in latest months? It’s a ravishing household, completely. Yesterday night’s dinner was testimony for that however we’ve all the time carried out so [Pioli had dinner with his staff, the team doctors, masseurs and the press office]. I feel it was the precise time to thank people who have gone out of their method to ensure we are able to work as finest we are able to, so it was a thanks very a lot, see you quickly, and despite the fact that we’ve carried out an incredible deal – we have to do much more, and enhance on this, as a result of folks anticipate the perfect from Milan and it’s solely pure that Milan ought to be competing on the prime of the desk, so now we have to proceed to enhance, all of us.
“The evolution of Rebić, Kessié and Çalhanoğlu? I feel quite a few gamers have improved considerably on this squad and so they’ve lastly proven their true potential. I actually consider that I’ve a top quality facet, I’m working with a crew with a lot of potential, a younger facet which it took a little bit of time to know each other; they wanted to have extra positivity, better confidence and I feel our progress has gone hand-in-hand with that, it’s the crew’s fashion of play and that’s one thing that everybody has acknowledged which has allowed the people to thrive. And in addition the person’s progress has allowed the crew to supply top-level performances.
“If Milan deserved greater than a Sixth-place end and if I thought of the truth that had Juventus received the Coppa Italia remaining as a substitute of Napoli then Milan would’ve been within the Europa League Group Stage? We’ve had a wonderful 2020, however it’s not over but. We have to make it possible for we end very nicely, we have to make it possible for we get extra factors and provides a wonderful efficiency tomorrow night time. I do know that we’re naturally a bit drained each bodily and mentally and that our league place isn’t one thing we are able to change tomorrow night time, as a result of we are going to end Sixth, however now we have an obligation to attempt to carry out once more tomorrow night time and decide up extra factors within the league desk. What we haven’t been ready to reach doing this season we have to do subsequent time period. We need to end greater than Sixth subsequent season.
“If I anticipate gamers like Maldini, Colombo and Brescianini to progress and if we’re in good fingers in that perspective? Sure, I feel so. I feel now we have some younger gamers that ought to be part of the primary crew’s squad subsequent season and once I say ought to be a part of the primary crew I imply they should be able to step on the market and play. If now we have good younger gamers then you should give them confidence and allow them to play, and I consider that Milan do have gamers like that, so sure we’ll be taking a look at gamers from the Academy subsequent time period.
“The truth that Ibrahimović and Çalhanoğlu mentioned that that is the true Milan and if subsequent season we’ll be focusing on Champions League locations or one thing greater? I actually belief what my gamers have mentioned. So that is the Milan facet? If that’s what the gamers mentioned then it signifies that they’re satisfied and crucial factor is that they’re satisfied that we’re all satisfied and we consider it, and Milan must combat to return to the Champions League. We’ve got glory, status, historical past to assist us so naturally must return to the Champions League and consolidate the work that we’ve carried out this 12 months. However we received’t be ranging from the 38 or 41 factors that we obtained within the second half of the season, we’ll be beginning once more from scratch and that’s why now we have to work very laborious and really nicely and show that now we have this high quality.
“If I additionally hope that tomorrow night time’s recreation isn’t Ibrahimović’s final at Milan? Sure.
“How essential is tomorrow night time’s recreation contemplating we are able to’t change our league standings and the way can I inspire the gamers? We have to take one final step, it’s the case of non-public achievement. Seeing the entire efforts repaid by way of our league place and our factors tally, we’ve labored very laborious so we have to roll up our sleeves, dig deep; Cagliari will definitely produce a wonderful efficiency, simply a few days in the past they beat Juventus, so it is going to be a difficult match and Cagliari will trigger us issues, however we have to attempt to overcome these obstacles. We’re motivated, now we have an obligation and we additionally must take pleasure in attempting to complete off this season in fashion.
“If the outcomes and performances we put it post-lockdown an essential message for subsequent season, contemplating the phrases of Bennacer who mentioned that after we returned to working at Milanello in Could we had been exhausted? It’s vastly essential, that’s what we have to do. We have to work, take into consideration bettering, attempting to get higher. We want to consider what we’re doing however it’ll solely be partly enough if we’re to safe the targets that now we have for subsequent season. We should be concerned within the pre-qualifying rounds of the Europa League, we have to undergo three rounds and if we’re in a position to get into the Europa League Group Stage then that will likely be one other essential goal for our season. Going again to the feedback from Bennacer, the perfect factor that he mentioned – I feel – is that we take pleasure in ourselves, I feel that’s the perfect factor and that exhibits that now we have labored professionally and in addition that we’ve been relaxed sufficient, and this can be a method of working that we actually should proceed to do.
“A message for the followers? I’d prefer to say howdy to all our followers each in Italy and abroad. We’d prefer to thank them, it’s fairly uncommon. Nearly 800,000 followers have supported us while it was doable at San Siro, cumulatively. Naturally we’re dissatisfied that we had been unable to share all of our relative success on this final interval with all of their assist however I do know there’s a number of pleasure and enthusiasm and I do know that the disclosing of the brand new house package introduced a number of smiles to many individuals’s faces and with them we’ll definitely be a stronger facet, so I hope to see them very quickly to allow them to get behind us and we are able to all be collectively. As a result of if we’ve been carried out an excellent job and been an excellent crew with out them then we’ll be stronger with them.”