MN: Pioli’s first half approach in the derby not appreciated by the management

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan fell to their fourth straight defeat on Sunday night against Inter in the Derby della Madonnina, and a terrible first half has rightly drawn criticism.

Stefano Pioli made the bold decision to start the game by matching up with Inter’s 3-5-2 system, leaving out current Serie A MVP – who decided the last league derby – and also choosing to play Junior Messias as a midfielder.

Ultimately it backfired hugely as the Rossoneri did not manage a shot until the second half, with Messias having been withdrawn at half-time and Leao then being brought on around the 55-minute mark, unable to salvage anything en-route to a 1-0 loss.

According to MilanNews, Pioli at present is not in danger of being sack and the Milan management will continue to support the Rossoneri coach, who they decided to extend the contract of until 2025 last October.

The bond between the manager, Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara is very strong, and they are still convinced that they can all weather the storm together, but the report from Antonio Vitiello acknowledges that the first half approach in the derby adopted by Pioli was not appreciated.

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