Pioli discussses ‘important’ win vs. Roma, Tomori’s red card and arrival of Jovic

By Isak Möller -

Stefano Pioli was very happy with AC Milan’s win 2-1 win over Roma earlier this evening and afterwards, he explained what they did so well. He also revealed that he was about to sub off Fikayo Tomori before the red card. 

Milan opened the scoring after just nine minutes through Olivier Giroud, who converted a penalty that Ruben Loftus-Cheek won. Early in the second half, Rafael Leao doubled the lead but in the 60th minute, Fikayo Tomori was sent off after getting his second yellow.

The Rossoneri defended well and although they conceded a late goal, they clinched all three points. Speaking to DAZN, as cited by MilanNews, Pioli shared his thoughts on the game as well as the start to the season.

On the game…

“The result is as important, just like the performance, it gives continuity to the first two games. I was subbing off both Fik and Ruben, unfortunately I was too late, but we suffered with personality, with generosity. An important victory against a difficult opponent. We wanted to start well and the schedule wasn’t easy, but now we’re satisfied, knowing that there’s a lot to do better and improve on.”

You risked a draw…

“I didn’t think about the January match, but last year here at the Olimpico we equalized in the final minutes. It’s not like we can spend the whole season thinking about what we did or didn’t do last year. Of course, I liked how we started, especially in the first half we created 3-4 important chances without suffering dangerous situations. There are so many things that went well, so many things we can improve. It’s just the beginning, but we’re starting to see some positive things.”

Calabria’s new position in the middle of the field…

“We want to build with Mike plus 5 players. Then whether it’s 4+1, 3+2 or 2+3… By now the boys know how to read the spaces and know how the opponents line up. These are mechanisms that we are trying to find. Today, we focused a little more on Calabria as an inverted full-back and this gave Theo more chances to read the space.

“With equal numbers, we controlled the game very well. We wanted it so much, to finish the first three games with three victories, then a bit of tension arose. But I repeat, we defended very well and conceded little. We conceded a goal on a deflection, even in 10 the team was compact and generous.”

How many goals can Leao score?

“I hope he can score many. He has to keep moving like he did tonight, he was a point of reference for our offensive phase. Finally, he found himself in the area following a cross from the opposite side. Sometimes he still forgets to go there. It’s great, he must continue like this. The desire for him and his mental growth is evident to me as I train him every day. Very serene, happy and motivated guys.”

Giroud’s deputy has arrived, Jovic…

“He was on our wish list of forwards. He comes from a somewhat difficult season, he’s a quality and talented player. Players like this and with the right motivation can always come in handy so I’m sure he’ll give us a hand. We have signed another centre-forward because we will play many games and we want to be ambitious.

“Last year, we had Giroud, Ibra, Origi and Rebic. This year, we have one less but we think we are covered in all roles. Upon returning from the break, when we will have 7 games in 21 days, there will be room for everyone, to keep the performance high you cannot play all the games every three days.”

On the derby after returning from the break…

“All matches are exams we must pass. This will be a difficult exam, there is an opponent of very high quality but we will prepare well. Of course, there will be a stop in the middle and we will have very little time to prepare for it. After the break, it’s better to face such an important game rather than a dangerous challenge from a concentration point of view, I’ll find the boys determined. The derby arrives very soon, there is great rivalry and ambition. We both want to win the second star.”

Milan will face Inter after the international break and will be without Tomori, for obvious reasons. It remains to be seen if the manager will go with Simon Kjaer or Pierre Kalulu for that clash.

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  1. Pioli is doing a great Job. This Milan team is totally different. The environment is so right for all these young players to flourish. Welcome Jovic. You were my pick early in the mercato. I still believe you have something to offer. Make the most of it, be humble and ready to learn from Giroud and the team as a whole. I believe your previous spells has made you more mature. 25 yrs you can still give alot to this winning team. Forza Pioli, Forza Milan

  2. i trust tomori the most he is doing great job covering for spaces left by attacking left wing Theo Hernandez and attacking midfielder reijnders and none helping Rafael Leao who doesn’t do his part on defense so tomori is doing extremely hard job in our formation only few defender in the world has the ability too do that , for me as former defender myself tomori is the most important player right now , i TRUST Fikayo Tomori

  3. I just hope this is last season Giroud plays for Milan, some are getting carried away by the wins, truth be told. Giroud can beat his man one on one. He isn’t a clinical striker neither is he fast.

  4. I was only looking out for comments on KRUNIC here. His haters should realize this guy deserves some respect. I saw him turn three players twice in seconds and I had to rub my eye thinking I was seeing double….. Man was do great!❤️ Let’s just appreciate his efforts and halt the unnecessary hate on him. He’ll still make mistakes which is normal for any player…. The Krunic of EMPOLI and BOSNIA is alive with great consistency. The team did well except for Tomori who tackles at the wrong time. He’s been like this since we win the Scudetto. Now I see why Chelsea sold him despite his pace as a defender. Forza MILAN!! ❤️🖤

    1. @Ted, Pioli equally deserves respect…. He is a top top coach. I know this even before winning the Scudetto ❤️ I’m glad he admitted he should’ve taken Tomori out, but guys, what if another defender had come on and we concede two or more goals? Some people here would’ve have said he should never have taken Tomori off…. Some here knows better than the coach❤️🖤

    2. On the contrary Milan is not playing as a team, look at Napoli games . You will see how they play and break down their opponents. Milan is more of individual efforts .

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