Rossoneri coach Stefano Pioli revealed that four key players will have to be evaluated tomorrow morning and could miss the match against Sassuolo.
The Rossoneri managed to stop the series of home games without winning four on Sunday, winning 2-1 against Genoa at San Siro, but the battle for the first four places rages on and must be followed by a show and a victory against the neroverdi on Wednesday night.
Pioli spoke at the pre-match press conference at Milanello this afternoon and discussed a wide range of topics, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.
After dispelling the San Siro taboo, will you be able to play more relaxed at home?
“Tranquility is not a term that must belong to us. We have to stay focused, we come from a win, but tomorrow we face an opponent other than Genoa. Sassuolo is preparing well for these matches, we will have to be ready to field a performance that is up to par “.
What do you think of the Super League?
“The company asked me to think only about work and our goal. Then we will evaluate what will happen in the future, it is not the time to think about anything else “.
How are Ibra and Bennacer?
“For tomorrow we have some problems, tomorrow morning we will understand better. Ibra, Theo, Calhanoglu and Bennacer had some difficulties in training, but tomorrow morning we will evaluate them better. “
There has been some criticism of his team’s physical condition. Is there this problem?
“No. We made a mistake from a technical point of view, when you don’t close games you risk. Tomorrow it will be a different game, between two teams who love to attack. There will be more space. Sassuolo was problematic for everyone.”
What kind of match will it be tomorrow?
“In Italian football, nobody gives you anything. Sassuolo will be well prepared, they also had an extra day of rest, but this is the calendar ”.
How did you feel about Mandzukic’s performance on Sunday?
“He did well when he entered, he made his presence felt. He doesn’t have a full game yet, but I really believe in him. It will give us an important contribution “.
Can Romagnoli play as a starter tomorrow?
“He has done a lot in our path, he has had a physiological decline. It’s not 100% yet, but soon it will be. “
Is Donnarumma’s mistake against Genoa a product of the renewal issue?
“I see him calm and focused. From time to time there is a small mistake, but let’s not forget all the good things he has done this season. Here we only think about tomorrow’s match and achieving our goal.
“To date we have the same points as at the end of last year, we have also played many games in Europe, so the team’s growth is evident. We just have to think about doing our best from now until the end. “
Are you working on goals conceded a little too easily?
“Genoa didn’t put us under pressure until the end. We check the game, but sometimes we give the idea that we can lose it. On this we must grow, we must not give our opponents to return to the game ”.
What will Hauge’s future be?
“This is not the time to talk about the future. I’m happy with Jens, we are a great club and therefore there is a great competition. “
Are you satisfied with Tonali?
“It’s going well, but it can do more. The leap he made was important, he needed time to adjust to a new module. But he’s going well, he could play tomorrow. ”
What problems have the injured suffered?
“Bennacer and Calha had bruises on their ankles in the last game, Ibra and Theo instead have muscle fatigue. Let’s see if they will recover. “
How do you explain the different performances at home and outside?
“At home there was no lack of performances, there was a lack of quality in the last few games. In the last few home games we took the lead too few times, this was a weak point. “
What do you mean by improving match control?
“We need to better control the matches and manage the moments better. We are a team that likes to play intensely, but on some occasions we have to learn to better manage the pace of the matches. We need to grow on this. ”
Did you like Kjaer and Tomori’s double parade?
“These are important situations to achieve a result. You always have to defend the goal as much as possible. ”
Do you have better race management?
“We need to be more clinical. Against Genoa we lost a few chances in the last third ”.
Ibra and Mandzukic together?
“Anything is possible, we are preparing to try to exploit the weaknesses of our opponents. The most important thing is that the boys are well, the more chances I have, the better. “
Are you satisfied that you already have 66 points in the standings?
“It’s a good result to have 66 points at the moment, but then the balance is at the end. We need to stay focused on the next matches, starting with tomorrow’s match. ”
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