press-conference23 January 2023

PIOLI: "WE WANT A BIG REACTION"

The Coach's comments the day before the Olimpico fixture, the final match of the first half of the season

It's back to the pitch, with a strong desire for redemption. The Rossoneri's season resumes at the Stadio Olimpico and the challenge against Maurizio Sarri's Lazio, the last match of the first half of the season. A match that Coach Pioli presented in a press conference, from Milanello, live on Milan TV, YouTube and Twitch.

CURRENT FORM
"We have to face these difficult moments, it will be another test to overcome with unity and humility. The criticism is fair because our performances in this period are below our expectations, which are very high because we are AC Milan. We have endured experiences where we faced everything with more ease, now we need compactness and the will to react. They have been ten difficult days, in which we played a lot, more than usual. I have a lot of confidence in my players".

THE CLASH AT THE OLIMPICO
"Lazio are doing very well in the league, they are on the rise from last year and are led by a top coach. We know them, they know how to dribble well but also attack with speed and quality. Both teams will want to control the course of the match, so we will have to be more determined and solid. I expect to see a very attentive and focused team, in addition to the game plan it is also important to have continuity throughout the 90 minutes".

INDIVIDUALS AND THE GROUP
"I coach a group that is responsible and thrives on emotions. When they face setbacks, we have to deal with our disappointments in the right way, we never look for someone to blame and this is our way of thinking. We all have to do more. Ibra's recovery is going well, I don't know when he will be available but he is always with the group. Giroud and Theo are well and are motivated."

MENTALITY AND OBJECTIVES
"The most important aspect is the mental one. It's good to remember how we won last year on this pitch, the team maintained balance and confidence throughout the match and that's what we must return to. It is a match we have to win to overcome this difficult moment, we will have to play with determination and courage. We are working on our principles and our attitude on the pitch, which we know well".

ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS
"I don't think tactical changes can be the solution. We have always developed different options in our attitude on the pitch and we will do it again tomorrow. We will have to be cynical and precise in all aspects of the game".


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