Pioli: ‘I would give everything to change our results in the derby’


Milan coach Stefano Pioli says his team are 100% focused on securing second place ahead of their match with Juventus. The Rossoneri travel to Turin on the back of a derby defeat to Inter, a loss that handed the Nerazzurri the Scudetto. Speaking pre-match, Pioli reiterated that securing second place is key to the club, while reflecting on his poor record in the Derby della Madonnina:

“After the negative results we’ve experienced, we are 100% focused on securing second place and returning to winning ways. These past 10 days have been difficult.” He emphasized the need to push past recent disappointments and demonstrate resilience, asserting, “We cannot dwell on these setbacks that we’ve endured and delivered to our fans. We must find the strength and pride to remain united and fight until the end. We are professionals, and we suffer in this situation.”

Reflecting on the season’s trajectory, Pioli acknowledged Milan’s efforts in the title race, remarking, “We have never been the strongest team in the league, but we have attempted to compete at the top and have given our all. However, we haven’t always been able to elevate our level of play. Inter has been the strongest team for four years and has won only two titles.” Addressing the disappointment of recent derby results, Pioli expressed his determination to redeem the team’s performance, announcing, “Leao will be captain.”

Regarding Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s presence at Milanello, Pioli emphasized team unity, stating, “We are all together, we win and lose together. We will overcome the difficult moments.” Responding to queries about the missed post-derby press conference, Pioli attributed the absence to timing issues, reaffirming his accountability and openness to questions.

Pioli commented on Ibrahimovic’s future role, stating, “These are decisions the club will have to make. I don’t know what role Ibra will have, but I have no doubts about his qualities, and I know he wants the best for Milan and will make the best decisions. Theo is a very strong player and will be part of Milan’s future.”

Regarding compliments from Inter’s coach Inzaghi, Pioli remained grounded, noting, “It’s flattering, but it’s easier to give compliments when you win.” Addressing defensive issues, Pioli attributed opponents’ success to capitalizing on Milan’s mistakes, acknowledging, “Opposing teams have been more adept at exploiting our errors, while we have been less so.”


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