Milan, Stefano Pioli: “We are sad.”

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Milan, Stefano Pioli: “We are sad.”

Milan will return to the San Siro on Saturday night to take on Bologna. Stefano Pioli presented the match this way: “Tomorrow will be a complicated and difficult challenge, the last one that took away our victory last season: we need great concentration and the mentality in combining playing well with winning. I’m interested in the mentality of the team: they know they did a good performance against Atalanta, but we are sad that we couldn’t win. There was a blatant foul on Leao: a yellow was not enough and VAR absolutely had to intervene.”

The Portuguese is on the radar of Chelsea, which seems willing to invest 120 million euros to get him: “I don’t see a guy nervous or worried. With Udinese he did not find his position on the field very well, with Atalanta he had remarkable cues. It is right that Rafa is always thinking about improving. I have no other thought but the next games, with the players I have now. Leao has to think about improving: I am not training him thinking I can lose him, on the contrary, he is always available and willing, he is not doing anything wrong in the match preparation days.”

Several Rossoneri fans hope to see Adli, the protagonist of a very encouraging preseason, on the field soon: “He trained today and is available for tomorrow. I like him very much as a player, then I have to make choices. The time will come for him to find space as well. Right now I see it difficult to play him between the two midfielders, more likely as a halfback in a 3-man midfield.”

Closing remark dedicated to the Champions League: “We have to raise the level. We want to measure ourselves against the Champions with great conviction and great enthusiasm, because we are aware that we have great quality. Then from here to say that we can win the Champions there is a long way to go. No one should be underestimated…. Real Madrid last year lost at home to Sheriff and we are still not Real Madrid. The experience we had last year will help us.”

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