AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli believes that ‘belief and desire’ have helped his side turn their season around somewhat in recent weeks.
The Rossoneri made it three wins in a row in Serie A and moved into the top six after a narrow 1-0 win over Brescia on Friday night.
The Rossoneri found it hard work against Serie A’s second bottom side at the Stadio Rigamonti, with the hosts coming close on a number of occasions, particularly in the opening stages of the second half.
However, Ante Rebic was once again the hero off the bench as he pounced fastest to thump home a loose ball inside the Brescia area and make it three goals in his last two games.
It was hardly a vintage performance from Pioli’s side, but it does represent a fourth win on the spin in all competitions and an eighth clean sheet for Gianluigi Donnarumma in the league this campaign.
The Milan boss spoke to Milan TV after the game and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.it.
“What has changed? The belief and the desire to stay in the game. It was a complicated game in which we did not express ourselves in the best possible way but the team always remains in the game,” Pioli said.
Is Ante Rebic more motivated? “Absolutely yes, it is right that it is. He is taking advantage of his optimal moment and he must, we must continue in this way. We can perform even better.”
Donnarumma – who made an error early in the game against Udinese – has been absolutely faultless since, and his coach knows it.
“Making mistakes is part of the role, it is clear if you make a mistake the goalkeeper is more evident. Gigio’s attitude was excellent last Sunday, after the mistake he was ready, like today. Gigio is doing well and is growing a lot.
“Torino? We want to win. On a technical level we can do better, but we have to enter the field with the conviction that the games are played carefully for 95 minutes.”