Montolivo believes Pioli should be given more ‘time’ to perfect Milan

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan has claimed just two points in their last four league games, resulting in understandable criticism for Stefano Pioli. However, as argued by Riccardo Montolivo, the manager should be given more time to perfect the team. 

Milan squandered yet another 2-0 lead in their last outing, taking on Lecce away from home, and that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many fans. However, the Rossoneri have made it clear that they still have trust in Pioli, who keeps his job for now.

Speaking to Sky Italia, as cited by MilanNews, the former Milan captain and midfielder Montolivo was asked about the situation. He stated that the manager needs more time to work with the team, especially considering the many signings made in the summer.

“As far as Milan are concerned, I see the glass as half full. The latest results have not been up to par but they are making good progress overall. In the Champions League, they have collected less than what they deserved and in Serie A, there is time. Let’s not forget that Pioli had to rebuild the team after the transfer market, let’s give him time,” he stated.

Most Milan fans probably don’t agree with the former player, especially considering how many injuries the Rossoneri have had. Many of them have been muscular and Pioli must take responsibility for the work of his staff.

Tags AC Milan Riccardo Montolivo Stefano Pioli


  1. Time to perfect? LOL. The team hasn’t even been stagnant but has gone backwards instead! Everything that was fine last season is now gone. Our dependency on Leao has shifted into dependency on Pulisic. Giroud is still lacking the scoring chances as the midfield creates nothing. The defense is leaking. Again. So, what’s better than last year? Nothing. Well… Maybe the new coach is closer than before but that’s not going to help up during this season.

  2. Based on how the media talks about him, one would think he was a club legend as a player or that he plays revolutionary football, that brought us multiple titles, not just the one title.

    It’s clear to see that Milan has been shit for years, that some fans forgot the standards a club of our stature should hold.

    To me, if a coach of 4 years and with a squad-tailor made to his wishes doesn’t win at least one trophy a year, the season is a failure and said coach needs to be reassessed.

  3. Montolivo was the on field version of Pioli for Milan, would make sense that he’s all for giving Pioli more time considering the abysmal job he did as a captain during that time.

  4. The injury situation is problematic for sure. The last two seasons have been injury plagued and perhaps there is more there than bad luck. But Milan are still in great shape compared to where they were three plus years ago. I am happy to ride the Pioli wave a little longer and see how he copes.

    1. Those injuries don’t come out of nowhere. There is a reason why they keep occurring. And the reason is the combination of coaching, training and the training conditions. One or two of those need to change if we want our players to stay fit.

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