The Rossoneri coach, guest in Biella of the “Champions under the stars” event, spoke at 360 degrees: “We return to the Champions League with enthusiasm, it will be exciting to play at Anfield”
To everything Pioli. AC Milan, Zlatan, the Champions, the league, Kjaer. As a guest in Piazza del Battistero in Biella with Alessandro Alciato, journalist of Sky Sport, the Rossoneri coach spoke at 360 degrees during the “Champions under the stars” event. After Lorenzo Sonego and Javier Zanetti, the conversation fell to him, who in addition to talking about his career and his present has drawn up an assessment of the first days of the championship. And on his team. “AC Milan today, the one I am coaching now, is the strongest ever coached. The players have grown up and are aware of it. From an individual point of view they are stronger ”.
A comment on the title race: “In Italy they are all strong. Inter, Juventus, Rome, Naples, Atalanta and Lazio, including us. The cups will take away something in terms of energy, but we have to think we can win every game. Then let’s see where we can get ”. Pioli also spoke of the relationship with Ibra, which arrived in January 2020 and was immediately decisive: “It is easy to get along with him – admits the coach -, we are two direct people. We tell each other what we think to each other, and our first goal is the common good of the team. When you start from a base like this, things go well. I am not afraid of comparisons, discussions or anything else. Moreover, even if he will never admit it, he is the first to put himself in front of everyone and take his responsibilities. Plus he is nice, intelligent, he made us grow. He will still give a lot for Milan ”. On the possible tandem with Giroud: “They are two great players with different characteristics. Olivier is a fixed presence in the area, he gives depth, while Ibra is an attacking playmaker. He likes to touch as many balls as possible. When they are both at 100% they can play together ”.
Pioli also spoke of Kjaer’s gesture at the European Championship, where he saved Christian Eriksen’s life by intervening immediately. Cold blood and clarity: “What Simon did is not something every day. I have never had doubts about his human qualities, but I must say that his clarity struck me. I thought the worst, then it was a relief. We talked about it in the past, not now, I think it is better for Kjaer to go through this moment together with his best friend ”.
Appointment on September 15th. The great return to the Champions League after 7 years. For the first time the Rossoneri will play at Anfield. “I didn’t know, the emotion will be strong. We played in Manchester last year and it was good, but without fans it made an impression. Against the Reds it will be a stimulating challenge. We return to the Champions League with enthusiasm, we have to think of difficult matches as great opportunities, because if we are convinced of them we will overcome every obstacle ”.
September 7 – 11:22 pm
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