Stefano Pioli cannot get through a press conference without being asked about his future any more it seems, and yesterday was no exception on the eve of the Napoli game.
This morning’s edition of Corriere dello Sport (via PianetaMilan) took a look at what the Milan head coach said the day before the game against Napoli, one that will need to be a win in order to keep up the pressure on Inter and Juventus above.
Pioli first of all spoke about the ambitions that his side have between now and the end of the season, given that winning the Scudetto would be a miracle and there is no Champions League football to look forward to.
“For Milan, being at the top means winning something: we know we have to aim for that. Now it is important to insist in the league, good seasons are built little by little. And I am very calm about my future,” he said.
The two teams arrive at this game a little disappointed with their season so far. Milan would have liked to aim for the Scudetto, but watched Inter and Juventus escape, while Napoli are not having a great title defence.
“It’s always difficult to repeat a journey like this. But we know that Napoli are a great opponent, and are not far from fourth place,” Pioli said.
Pioli also spoke about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, stating: “He will also be successful in his new role as manager.” He was asked about the performance of Mike Maignan too, who is not in the best form.
“Mike will come out of this period better than before: we are so self-critical and strict with ourselves, that we always think about giving our best. Champions like him never lose: if they don’t win, they learn,” he said.