AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has explained his decision to have the squad sleep at Milanello after the defeat against Torino in midweek.
It has been a mixed start to 2023 for Milan as they opened the new year with a 2-1 win against Salernitana that was far closer than it should have been in the end, then they surrendered a two-goal lead against Roma on Sunday and were knocked out of the cup in midweek.
It is the Coppa Italia exit that has rightly generated some angst among the fan base as Milan were unable to score against Torino even after extra time and with a man advantage from the 70th minute onwards.
After the loss against Ivan Juric’s side the team were not permitted to go home but instead were told to go to Milanello where they spent the night, training the next morning before having lunch and then being allowed home.
Pioli spoke to the reporters who gathered in the press room at Milanello about tomorrow’s trip to face Lecce and the current moment his players are experiencing, with his comments relayed by MilanNews, and he was asked about his decision to send the players to the training complex after Wednesday’s game.
“When there’s something wrong, I struggle to wait for the next day. I preferred to speak to my players immediately to explain what to do best and to let everyone rest well. We played well against Roma, a fair match against Torino until the 70th. It’s not a question of second lines, but of attention and will,” he said.