‘No game plan, disjointed departments’ – Longoni slams Pioli after Lazio display

By Isak Möller -

Stefano Pioli is expected to leave AC Milan at the end of the season, with Gerry Cardinale eyeing big changes for the club, and it’s a decision that most Rossoneri fans will back. The ‘good and right’ thing, as Andrea Longoni highlights. 

Milan clinched three crucial points in the game against Lazio last night, scoring the winner in the 88th minute through Noah Okafor. However, the Rossoneri didn’t play that well and struggled for most of the games, sometimes even after Lazio’s red card.

In his latest editorial for Calciomercato.com, the journalist Andrea Longoni discussed the performance of Milan, expressing his disappointment with above all Pioli. In his eyes, parting ways with the manager is a good thing for the club.

“The three points were crucial, but Milan didn’t play well. The first half was terrible, in the second things went a little better, also taking advantage of the numerical superiority which, however, wasn’t evident at times. No game plan, disjointed departments, midfield in difficulty: I miss the displays we saw in the Scudetto season and partly last season.

“I don’t understand how anyone can be satisfied with this game. There was an excellent performance against Atalanta, but definitely not yesterday. In London, Cardinale announced that Pioli and Milan will part ways in the summer, this seems to be a good and the right thing to me,” he stated.

Milan will take on Slavia Praha in the Europa League on Thursday and a strong performance is needed, similar to what we saw against Stade Rennes at home. Then, at the weekend, the Rossoneri will be up against Empoli in the league.

Tags AC Milan Andrea Longoni Stefano Pioli


  1. I appreciate Pioli, he has many values as a coach. However the team has obvious tactic issues. The players can’t be blamed for all of them. Another, fresh coach is needed, one who is very good at 4-2-1-3.

    1. “I don’t understand how anyone can be satisfied with this game. There was an excellent performance against Atalanta, but definitely not yesterday.”

      I didn’t watch the Lazio game, but I did watch the Atalanta one. If he comments that we played badly with Lazio after a good display with Atalanta (which I agree with), then Longoni ‘s verdict will not be far from the truth, and I’m happy i didn’t wast my time watching the game.

  2. Yeah, one of the highest points per game in our history, in 200+ matches is pure luck 👍 With a salary budget below Roma’s.

    1. 3 years ago we were good. Last season and this, not even remotely. Compared to the 3 seasons before.

      And who gives a fûck about salary budget..Napoli has been doing very well for the past decade with a “low” salary budget. It’s not about how much money you spend but how you spend it. Atalanta has a smoller everything than Milan and were regularly in eu cups in the last decade.. why is that if salary budget matters?

      Fact of the matter is we have a better squad than 3 years ago yet we are performing worse. Why is that? And if pioli isn’t to blame, who is? The janitors?

      1. Because we don’t exist in a vacuum. And we’ve spent those three years letting some key players go for free, changing the senior management and acquiring a pretty new squad. Three years ago, that squad hit maturity whereas this one has many new parts and a complete new midfield this year.

        And we’re third, very close to second behind a Juventus team with zero European games. The only team in Italy doing better is Inter and they’re in an absolute peak, brought there by stability and ignoring their debt issues.

        Atalanta are an excellent case indeed, but they’ve had the same coach for a duration. The insistence that this squad should be challenging for the title with this Inter team is a fallacy, doesn’t matter if Klopp, Guardiola, Conte or Alex Ferguson were in charge. It needs time to develop.

  3. No one is arguing that Milan played well against Lazio. But the only positive here is that sometimes you have to play ugly and get the result, which is what we did. PERIOD.

    Pioli did himself no favors with that display however. Better bounce back against the Czech.

  4. Midfield was terrible the entire first half yet No Substitution !!!!! There was no help on defence and no link to the forward line.

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