CorSera: Pioli dissatisfied with players and reiterates tactical directives at Milanello

By Isak Möller -

Stefano Pioli wasn’t pleased with his players for their approach in the game against Roma, failing to follow the tactical directives that were given before the clash. As a report claims, the post-match analysis had a great emphasis on this. 

Milan headed into the clash with a lot of confidence, following seven wins on the trot, but this didn’t show on the pitch as Roma clearly were the better side. After the game, Pioli made it clear that he wasn’t happy with his player, although while instilling optimism for the return.

According to Corriere della Sera, as cited by MilanNews, Pioli felt that the players didn’t follow the tactical directives that he gave before the game. During the post-match analysis at Milanello, therefore, he reiterated these amid the many positional errors in the game.

In addition to highlighting where things went wrong for the players, Pioli also told the players that they have a great opportunity to turn this around. The tie is far from over and with a good performance, which we didn’t get to see on Thursday, the reverse leg could be a completely different story.

Nevertheless, Pioli’s future hangs in the balance and Italian papers have stated this morning that the reverse leg will indeed be decisive, as well as the derby.

Tags AC Milan Stefano Pioli


  1. Pioli tried but our problem was striker so I will want Pioli to use Noah Okafor to start both in seriea and Europa league Geroud should come in from second half

  2. With Leao, we cannot do a proper pressing game. It was different with Rebic and Kessie that covered a lot of ground. Also Pioli cannot ask of RLC and Pulisic to cover as much ground as Saele.

    Pioli needs to understand that against closed teams, he needs to change approach. When a Milan player would get ready to cross, there were 7 Roma players inside the box with 3 Milan players.

    It was very likely that Roma would park the bus and counter with Lukaku and Dybala and we didn’t have a solution for it

    1. “Also Pioli cannot ask of RLC and Pulisic to cover as much ground as Saele.”

      Why not? If the coach wants his players to play how he likes and they won’t do, then change the players. Even Kjaer would have done better job as the ACM than RLC did. It’s a team sport where everyone should work FOR the team and not only do what they feel comfortable with.

      1. Both of you are correct in a way.
        A player is required to do what the coach is asking him to do, he is not in a position to refuse. If a player refuses to follow instructions, he should leave, period.
        On the other hand, the coach has to take into account his players’ abilities when deciding for tactics. There is no tactic that fits every player, and insisting on using the same method with everyone is doomed to fail.

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