Pioli admits Milan’s defensive solidity ‘surprises’ him and names what he expects from Inter

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has admitted that even he has been surprised by how good his side have been defensively in recent weeks.

The Rossoneri have been without Simon Kjaer, Alessio Romagnoli, Alessandro Florenzi and more recently Davide Calabria, but their resilience at the back has remained as Friday night’s 2-0 win over Genoa extended the run of clean sheets in all competitions to seven games.

Pioli spoke to the reporters who gathered early on Monday morning for the pre-match press conference on the eve of the game against Inter and spoke about a number of topics, including the recent defensive solidity.

“Not conceding a goal is important. It surprises me a little because we are a team that has an offensive game that sometimes risks a little. We have to continue with this attitude, especially tomorrow night we will need great concentration and attention,” he said (via MilanNews).

Milan will have to once again be at their best against their city rivals tomorrow as they appear to have built up a head of steam going into the final few games. The second leg is perfectly poised after a 0-0 draw in the first leg, and Pioli spoke about what kind of game he is expecting.

“We will have to read it carefully, there will be moments in which to accelerate and others in which to slow down. Inter, in the open field, can be dangerous. We will have to manage the ball in the best possible way,” he said.

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