MN: Pioli deserving of top manager status after Milan success – Diaz decision proves it

By Isak Möller -

Stefano Pioli had done a fantastic job with this Milan side, even in the tough periods, and the Champions League is now just three points away. Yet, the manager has received unjustified criticism from several fronts. 

As MilanNews highlight, some even suggested that it was over after the poor performances against Sassuolo and Lazio. However, Pioli was able to reinvent the team once again, proving the doubters wrong.

The manager had been criticised for his stubbornness, not changing his ideas often, but then he gave room for Brahim Diaz and moved Hakan Calhanoglu out wide. A stroke of genius, it turned out, as shown in the games against Juventus and Torino.

It was indeed a simple move on paper, but one that changed the dynamics of the team and not only added energy, but also put the opponents in difficulty. Juventus couldn’t keep up and the same can definitely be said about Torino, who suffered a lot.

Pioli, always considered a good manager but never at the top, has shown not only that he’s comfortable at higher levels, but also that he can improve his group. On Sunday, the Champions League saga can officially be put to bet, with Milan in pole position.

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  1. Gianluca says:

    Success ??? there are still two matches to play…stop talking about success!!!

  2. definitely no zen says:

    he got his moment. and i think he show his utmost when the team is in decline or struggle. put pressure on his shoulder.

  3. Agustinar says:

    Pioli relies too much on the players. He is not a good tactician. Pioli out

  4. Tomato says:

    Romagnoli above Tomori against Inter was alsof a stroke of genius. All fans knew that would go wrong with so much impact on our scudetto dreams.

    We would love to see the stroke of genius of Hauge much more but no…

    Lets see what the game against Atalanta will bring. Pioli van prove himself there. We’ve been tacticly outplayed so many times by Gasperini without adapting in the game. That´s what a top manager is all about. Adapting in the game.

    Pioli´s game plan before january was clear for our players and fun to watch. I think biased decisions, nerves and inciming players like Mandzukic and Meite costed us. Whe did well when young talented players like Kalulu and Hauge came up the field who have that hunger, desire and class.

    To have faith in next season I want to see Pioli get the job done against Atalanta. Altough a salon remise for that match is very likely.

    But now Cagliari…

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