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Pioli: ‘Milan needed to do more against Salernitana’

Stefano Pioli believes Milan needed to do a lot more after taking the lead against Salernitana: ‘It’s a missed opportunity, there’s no point in hiding that fact.’ The Rossoneri took the lead through Olivier Giroud but were pegged back by a second half goal from Boulaye Dia and ultimately failed to capitalise on the chances they created afterwards. Speaking with Sky Italia (as quoted by SempreMilan) Pioli admitted that more was needed from his team and conceded that players like Rafael Leao need to do more in games like these:

“We didn’t think the job was done after the goal. In the first half, we wanted to be more dangerous but Salernitana created problems for us. A team that takes the lead must do more to win the match. It’s a missed opportunity, there’s no point in hiding that fact.”

“We have to grow. If we want to be a great team, we have to learn to face all matches in the same way as in the Champions League. We have to do better, we knew it wasn’t easy, we have to grow.”

“Ibra? He’s an important player for us. We looked for him with long balls. We will see what decisions I will make for Udinese. Now we will analyse the match with the lads, we know we have to do much better.”

“Leao? I don’t think the renewal issue is affecting his performances. He has to stay more inside the game, and sometimes we have to look for him more. We had many attempts, but few on target.”

“This year and last year? We are always united and cohesive. It’s true that we don’t have the continuity we need in the league. The same goes for the others too, except for Napoli. We are doing better, but we have to continue to grow a lot, especially in terms of mentality. We had to use the enthusiasm from the Champions League.”

“The desire to try to win it until the end. But I repeat that we are disappointed because we can do much better. After taking the lead, we had to do better. We could have done better when we conceded the goal.”

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