The game between AC Milan and Juventus this coming weekend will be the biggest of Stefano Pioli’s time as Milan boss so far, a report claims.
As La Gazzetta dello Sport writes, the phrase “From here on they are all finals” is one of the clichés of football, but Juve-Milan is a final for real and it will be Pioli’s biggest test since taking charge of the Rossoneri. Although it is only the 35th match of the season and it would not be correct to say that everything will be decided by the result, it is clear that the road to the Champions League passes through the Allianz Stadium.
Pioli has a past with Juve whom for from 1984 to 1987 mostly as a reserve, winning the Scudetto, the European Cup and the Intercontinental Cup. As an opponent though his record is not as good: he managed a couple of wins with Fiorentina as a player, but struggled as a manager until 8 July 2020 when Milan beat the Bianconceri 4-2.
What Pioli has done since joining the Rossoneri has been more than appreciated by the club as he has helped a lot of young talents in the squad to grow, has shown a perfect communication style and worked without distraction even in delicate moments like when Ralf Rangnick seemed set to join.
His future should not be in question regardless of the final league position as per the report, but Juve-Milan is one of those games -as a piece of Italian football history – that can change the whole story of next year. Pioli knows that, at the age of 55, games like this can embellish a career so for him it is a final.