Pioli: ‘We have to demonstrate that we are aware that the season is still long’


Ahead of the Rossonerri’s crucial match against Fiorentina at the Stadio San Siro tomorrow evening, Milan boss Pioli provided his thoughts on the fixture.

Following the Tuscan tactician’s side drawing in a scoreless stalemate against Cremonese during the midweek fixtures, Milan find themselves in joint-second alongside Lazio with a total of 30 points.

With I Biancocelesti set to face Juventus at the Allianz Sunday evening, three points would allow Milan to potentially distance themselves from Sarri’s side and slide closer towards the league-leaders Napoli ahead of the international break.

While speaking to the media, as relayed by MilanNews, Pioli provided his thoughts on his side’s upcoming outing at the San Siro against La Viola:

What would it mean to win tomorrow?

“It would mean demonstrating that we don’t give up or surrender to a situation in the standings that we don’t like. We have to demonstrate that we are aware that the season is still long, playing a game at our level. It’s such an anomalous calendar that there are still 24 games left. 2022 has been very good for us, but we mustn’t stop.”

What have you told the players these days?

“I agree with Kjaer, the mental aspect makes the difference, but also the technical-tactical one. I think my team now has enough knowledge to recognise every episode that can be improved. We got the timing completely wrong against Cremonese. Playing so often, you prepare less for certain situations, but you need to have the ability to recognise the moments.”

What are your thoughts on this Fiorentina?

“I have great respect for Fiorentina but we have to stay focused on our performance. We know what Fiorentina will do. We can determine our performance and when we succeed, most of the time, we bring home a positive result.”

Julian Faustini

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