Giampaolo: “It’s a long and torturous process, but we need a vision”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo has admitted that he is solely focused on the ‘vision’ of his side against Bayern Munich rather than the result

The Rossoneri begin their 2019 International Champions Cup campaign on Tuesday night in Kansas City, where they will face the Bundesliga champions.

Giampaolo has admitted that he is only ‘relatively interested’ in the scoreline.

“It is a high-level test and we’ve been training for 10 days, so I expect to see some of the things we’ve been working on,” he said in his pre-match press conference.

“We’re always up against the clock, especially with the travelling, but I saw a sense of responsibility from the team and this is a test to show us where we are, what we need to work on and how the interaction between players is progressing.

“It remains a football match and we need to enjoy ourselves. I am only relatively interested in the result, as I pay more attention to the quality of the performance and the desire to play a role within the game, which must be our mantra.

“We’ve got a very long way to go and these tests simply allow us to evaluate the situation.”

When asked for clues on what his starting XI may be, the former Sampdoria head coach gave little away.

“I think about the line-up the morning of the game, as that is the last of my concerns right now. That is not my approach to football. I have an idea, the players have their qualities and must try to realise that idea.

“We want to be recognisable. It’s a long, torturous process, but we need a vision in order to achieve more important results. We’ve only been together for 10 days.”

Giampaolo also heaped praise upon striker Krzysztof Piatek, with the Poland international having impressed him over the last week-and-a-half.

“I knew Kris as an opponent and am getting to know him better in training. He’s a complete player: he has strength, technique, a nose for goal and the ability to run into space. I’ve really been impressed over these 10 days.”

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