Pioli: We played a special match’


Stefano Pioli believes Milan have made some progress following their 1-0 win over Fiorentina at the San Siro. The Rossoneri were suffering from a host of injuries, being forced to call-up Francesco Camarda, but a single goal from Theo Hernandez was enough to earn a huge three points:

On the game…

“We played a special match, which had to be done like this, perhaps suffering a little. However, we were a team and worked well. It was a game played mentally, also with an environment and a stadium that needed this, and which perhaps today was a little different than usual.”

On the match against Borussia Dortmund…

“We will have to be ready. These are matches that prepare themselves, we want to do well.”

On Camarda…

“Camarda is a good boy, he’s very young, he’s talented and he’s also mature, making his debut at this age is not for everyone, he deserved it.

“He knows he’s talented, but he’s a very humble guy, very willing, very well-liked by everyone in my locker room. Clearly, he has to follow his path and we will accompany him.”

On Fiorentina…

“Fiorentina have raised their centre of gravity a lot, we weren’t used to playing like this, but we have to do it and today it was like this. We know how to defend low and suffer a bit, even if we risked too much on the corners.”

Juve and Inter?

“Let’s think about ourselves, we have to give continuity to our path, the best result would be a draw.”

On Chukwueze and his journey at Milan…

“Honestly Chukwu arrived this summer almost last, after a difficult summer where he hadn’t worked much. I liked him tonight: he worked, he moved. But from quality players it’s also right to expect some goals, some assists.”

On Jovic…

“He played a good game. He made a good pass for Theo’s penalty, it’s a shame that he didn’t score the goal because he has the quality to score those goals there. I still want something more from him because he has the qualities, he has the means that not even he knows about, both physical and technical.”


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