Pioli admits derby left Milan with ‘broken bones’ but insists they can trouble Juventus

By Isak Möller -

Following the derby defeat, AC Milan will be looking to bounce back tomorrow evening, taking on Juventus at the San Siro. Since it’s the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg, it will be crucial to get a good result. 

Certainly, Stefano Pioli’s men have a point to prove and as the San Siro will be sold out, a lot of fans are counting on it. However, at the same time, the entire Rossoneri environment knows about the difficulties of beating Juventus, even at home.

In an interview with MilanTV (via MilanNews.it), instead of the usual press conference, Pioli spoke about the loss against Inter. Furthermore, he also insisted that his side can put the Bianconeri in difficulty, although confidence has to be restored.

“The derby? Unfortunately, we left the game with broken bones, we all wanted it to end differently, for the standings, our momentum and our fans. However, we must learn from this and put in a more consistent and determined performance already tomorrow.

“There are situations where attention and intensity must be at the highest level. We made the mistake of being more intense when the ball was far from our area and a little less when it came closer.

“Juventus? We are talking about facing the best team in Italy and among the best in Europe. It’s an opportunity to show that we are no less than we were.

“We have the qualities to also put Juventus in difficulty, in every single game there are many possibilities to exploit. We must be prepared and ready to try and take advantage.

“The first leg will be very important, but as often happens the return leg will be decisive. We must stay focused, work as a team and with clarity, with the best performance from a technical point of view,” he concluded.

The game will start at 20:45 CET, and hopefully, the Rossoneri can put in a good performance. As mentioned, though, it will be far from easy and they would have to play very well.

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