Pioli expresses relief at return: “I have lived these days at home like a lion in a cage”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has revealed that was was like ‘a lion in a cage’ over the past 18 days that he has had to spend in isolation.

As confirmed by the club’s official website, Pioli and his assistant Murelli both returned negative results after tests conducted yesterday.

The duo took training on Tuesday and will also coach the team as usual for Milan’s Europa League fixture against Celtic on Thursday night.

Despite Pioli’s absence Milan managed to keep up their excellent form in Pioli’s absence, winning 3-1 at Napoli before earning a 1-1 draw in Lille and beating Fiorentina 2-0 at San Siro on Sunday to extend the lead atop the Serie A table to five points.

Pioli spoke to Sky Italia on the eve of Celtic’s visit, and revealed that he was absolutely ready to get back on the training ground.

“I have lived these days at home like a lion in a cage, I would have liked to be here at Milanello in every way,” he said (via MilanNews).

“I thank the club for what it has done to allow me to work better even from afar. Obviously doing it from home is not like doing it in the field. Luckily those who replaced me did it in an excellent way.

“When they said I was negative last night I got excited. Football is my passion, I’m fine and I’m happy to be back.”

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