AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has come up with a creative way of reminding his squad where they started their journey under him, a report claims.
As La Gazzetta dello Sport reports (via MilanNews), it feels like an eternity since 20 October 2019 when Pioli took charge of his first Milan game and Calderoni ruined what was a good performance with a last minute screamer to make it 2-2.
After the victory in the derby against Inter the other night, Pioli explained that a particular ranking hangs in the Milanello changing room. The contents of it changes every week based on what the coach chooses to highlight, but the one constant is the team’s ranking in 2020. In terms of points accrued this calendar year, Milan are first with 57 points ahead of Atalanta (56) and Juve (49).
Pioli is not using it to boast about his record but rather to remind the players where they started and to give them belief in the process and what they are doing.
In terms of the other part that changes, it tends to be a focus on what the team are and are not doing so well (shots, tackles, created opportunities etc.). It is a long season with a lot of points still up for grabs, and Pioli is keeping the threshold high.