Capello on ‘spectacular’ performance against PSG: “Where was this Milan?”

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan certainly bounced back with a strong performance in the clash against Paris Saint-Germain yesterday, prevailing 2-1 in the end. The former Rossoneri manager Fabio Capello was very impressed with what he saw. 

After four games with just one point collected, Stefano Pioli’s men were under tremendous pressure to turn things around against PSG. It was never going to be an easy task, but they responded in the best way possible with every single player putting in a great effort.

Speaking to Sky Italia after the game, as cited by Radio Rossonera, Capello shared his thoughts on the impressive performance. He heaped praise on the Rossoneri but also questioned why Milan haven’t been playing like this all along.

“Where was this Milan? In the last 4 games, they had claimed just one point. They were a team without strength and desire, although perhaps in Naples we saw Milan in the first half. But not as beautiful as this evening, as lustful as this evening, as generous as this evening.

“And then there are the players like Leao who make a difference, this evening was spectacular! I have never lost sight of him, Leao is always worth watching in every match because even when he plays poorly, he does two or three important things. Coincidentally, it always depends on Leao: it was difficult not to award him the MVP tonight.

“A great Milan overall and this time credit must be given to Stefano Pioli. Because he managed to put a motivated team on the field,” he concluded.

The Rossoneri will take on Lecce on Saturday afternoon and then there will be another international break. They need to make the most out of yesterday’s confidence boost and clinch another three points, as Inter could be running away with the Scudetto if not.

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  1. “A great Milan overall, and this time credit must be given to Stefano Pioli. Because he managed to put a motivated team on the field,” 100% agree with him. Yesterday the team showed its quality, it was like everyone in the team were playing like their life depends on it. Like a lot of people said here, Pioli should revert to a 4231 because it is better with the set of players we have. This is what we were missing in the games against Juve and Napoli, his physicality and ball carrying ability were so important for us. Let’s hope we continue to play like this, and I want to see more from Okafor he is far better than Jovic. It’s also sad that Musah will miss the clash with Dortmund. I can’t imagine how good a midfield trio of Musah/Reijnders, RLC and Bennacer will perform, hope Benny stays fit for our RO/16 matches.

    1. It’s not about the formation. 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 are just on paper. In reality, the players often switch positions and the position frequently change within the match. In one moment it is 4-3-3 and then the next moment 1 midfielder push forward becoming 4-2-3-1, sometimes it is the full back(s) who comes into midfield to form 3-4-3 or even WM formation.

      The things Pioli need to adapt is the defensive line. Against some teams, high defensive line is better, again some teams, deep defensive line is better.

  2. They were simply beautiful to watch. Hats off to RLC, Leao, and even Calabria put in a good shift. Hope they sustain this style of play, obviously with a bit more pressing…

  3. Capello said credit to Pioli but some Milan fans said credit to Ibra who made the players motivated with his comeback news 🙄

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