Due to the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy, Stefano Pioli was interview by MilanTV (via MilanNews.it) rather than the usual press conference today. However, earlier today, it was announced that the Genoa clash has been postponed.
The game was initially set to be played behind closed doors, but Lega Serie A decided to postpone it and four other games. The fixtures will be played on May 13th instead, and by then we can only hope that the Coronavirus is under control.
“Coronavirus? A somewhat difficult situation, at the beginning they extremized it, now they are trying to bring everything back to normal. We hope that it will be resolved as soon as possible.
“Seeing Milan with so few people is a situation that hurts. Health comes before everything but we also need to go back to normal, it’s better for everyone. I’m not just referring to the sport,” he began.
When asked about the postponement, the Rossoneri manager expressed some relief considering how much of a difference it makes to play without any fans. However, he also stated that the decision could have been made earlier.
“Football is passion, emotion, behind closed doors it’s not there. I was worried all week to make the players understand what it’s like to play without fans, I’m glad it won’t be played but they could have decided earlier,” he continued
Gigio Donnarumma has been struggling with an ankle sprain since the Fiorentina clash, ruled out from any action this weekend. For the Juventus clash, on the other hand, the ambition is that he will be fit to play from the first minute.
“Donnarumma? He is better, today he will train with the team. For Wednesday, the possibility [of seeing him] is greater,” he concluded.