There were three major triumphs for Stefano Pioli during last night’s resounding 3-0 victory over Juventus in Turin, a report claims.
La Gazzetta dello Sport analyses the victory, beginning by stating that Pioli has certified the work he has done so far as head coach and the 30 wins across all competitions that he has amassed this season so far.
He also made a number of correct selection choices, for example fielding Brahim Diaz from the beginning, something that raised eyebrows but once again showed that those who see the players every day at Milanello are the best to judge. The second was to choose Rebic and not Leao instead of the injured Ibra, with the Croatian repaying his faith. Despite Ibrahimovic’s injury, the penalty missed by Kessie and the pressure of the occasion, the team managed the game very well.
Pioli’s position had actually come under scrutiny from the media over the past few weeks as the team struggled in 2021, but Paolo Maldini’s words before the game were another victory for Pioli. The director confirmed to Sky before the match that he is not in question.
He was asked: “The future of Pioli is not in doubt regardless of the result, right?”. Answer: “Qualifying for the Champions League was not a request from the owners. After a season finale like last year the hopes were there, but your reconstruction is absolutely correct.”
Pioli will be the Milan coach also next season and at this point it is understandable to look even further. His contract expires in 2022 and was renewed last July and there is no absolute rush. However, it is equally reasonable to think that when the season is over, the management will sit down to discuss the future.