AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has branded doctors, nurses and other health personnel as ‘heroes’ for their continued fight against the COVID-19 emergency.
Italy continues to be at the centre of the battle against Coronavirus. As Sky News notes, the death toll in Italy accounts for more than a third of the total number worldwide, as the total number of dead is now 10,779.
For the time being football has understandably taken a back seat as the country aims to get to grips with the pandemic, but many players and coaches continue to play an important role in spreading awareness through donations and also by encouraging people to adhere to the guidelines and boundaries put in place by the government.
Stefano Pioli spoke about the fight that the country is facing and began by showing his gratitude to those on the frontline, and his words were transcribed by MilanLive.
“I feel a feeling of great gratitude towards doctors, nurses and health personnel, they are putting all their strength, their skills, their passion,” he said.
“They are our heroes, they do everything to help everyone overcome this very difficult moment. I would also like to remember the importance of staying at home: it means saving lives.”
Maurizio Ganz also spoke: “In this way we also rediscover family. I am home with wife and children, we talk a lot. Before, maybe it wasn’t like that.”
Finally it was the turn of Federico Giunti, who has led Milan Primavera to the title already in the second division.
“The field at this moment can not be given by anyone but technology allows us to be closer than we really are. I hear the staff, I made a round of phone calls with the guys. I wanted to hear their voices. We also talked about topics outside of football, many of them have maturity.”