After the defeat against PSG last night, AC Milan captain Davide Calabria was very honest in his interview with the media and said a few words to energise his teammates. Stefano Pioli, however, didn’t appreciate his phrasing.
Calabria discussed the poor performance and what went wrong in the interview, which you can read here, and ended it with: “Anyone who doesn’t believe in it [qualification] can stay at home”. Words that Pioli perhaps didn’t understand completely as he responded: “Davide was wrong, no one works at Milanello with little attention or no commitment”.
As reported by MilanNews, Calabria clarified his words to Pioli after the respective interviews, explaining that he wanted to motivate and energise his teammates to fight until the end. There was no tension between the two, who spoke in a very serene tone.
It seems a majority of the back-and-forth was due to a simple misunderstanding, as Calabria didn’t mean that his teammates have lacked commitment at Milanello. He said exactly the opposite, but also wanted to highlight that maximum effort will be needed in the next three games.