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Pioli: ‘De Ketelaere was down in the dumps’

Stefano Pioli was satisfied with his teams 4-1 victory over Monza but revealed Charles De Ketelaere is ‘down in the dumps’ as he is working on adapting to the league. The Rossoneri went ahead through Brahim Diaz while Divock Origi scored his first league goal for the club in what looked to be a routine victory. Speaking in his press conference after the game, Pioli reflected on the win:

Are you more satisfied with the victory or more worried about the physical problems of your players?

Satisfied with the performance, but it was not an easy match. We did well on the defensive side but we can do better. We scored 4 goals against an opponent who had only conceded 1 in the last 4 games. They seem like mild things for Dest and Brahim, I hope this is the case because important matches like the one on Tuesday in Zagreb await us.”

Is it the same mission for De Ketelaere as it was for Brahim Diaz?

“I am here to help my players. Brahim is doing well because he has quality and he is proud, so does Charles and he will too. We must respect the growth and adaptation times; of course he was disappointed, but it was not easy to score that chance. Being a little down in the dumps is normal, but he has everything we expected, he has to continue as he is doing.”

A good thing and a bad thing about the evening?

“We started as an attentive team, with personality, without forcing, hitting Milan where we knew we could find them. In the second half we had to dribble better, controlling the game better.”

Why didn’t Thiaw come on?

“I made the choice that I thought was the best for the team.”

Do Monza play like Dinamo?

“They are different. Dinamo Zagreb cover more preventives, attack with fewer players but when they do it they do it well. They have not lost at home [this season], it will be difficult.”

Is Origi a striker more suited to his way of playing?

“I am very happy to have both. I am very happy for Divock, he has suffered a lot. I hope to have both of them available, they are very strong forwards. I have many strong players and there is the right spirit. Divock has characteristics to restart with more leg, Giroud he’s a different player.”

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