AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta has revealed that the team are in a much better place than they were under the ‘confusion’ of Marco Giampaolo.
Giampaolo lasted just 111 days in charge of the Rossoneri and oversaw a dreadful start to the season in which the team lost four of their opening seven games.
Pioli took charge prior to the game against Lecce and so far has a draw, a defeat (at Roma) and last night’s win over SPAL to his record.
One player who has struggled for consistency this season is Paqueta. The Brazilian arrived from Flamengo in a €35m deal in January and was expected to make a huge difference, but has already worked under three managers in ten months.
Paqueta spoke to Sky Italia about his time at the club so far, in particular explaining the differences between working with Giampaolo and Pioli.
“Why didn’t Giampaolo work? I think there are so many factors involved. For me in particular, I stayed out in a few games,” he said (via MilanNews.it).
“I tried to always keep working to always be in a position to take the field. I think that with Pioli the team is more comfortable.
“Before someone was not in his right place, another in a position that he didn’t like, and that was missing. If a player is used in the position he prefers he gives more. Now this is happening, we just need to improve.
“The coach is very direct in asking us certain things and this helps us. When you receive too much information it brings a bit of confusion but with him everything is clearer and he likes to be clear.”
On Pioli, he added: “The coach is very direct in asking us certain things and this helps us. When you receive too much information it brings a bit of confusion, but with him everything is clearer and he likes to be clear.
“He makes players play in the position that they prefer. This means that everyone can do their best and help Milan.”
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