Pioli insists he can ‘only be satisfied’ after shootout win and declares: “We still showed quality”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli insisted he is happy with the performance of his team as they ran out penalty shootout winners against Torino.

The Rossoneri got the job done from 12 yards in the end as they beat Torino 5-4 in a penalty shootout at San Siro to make the final eight of the Coppa Italia.

Just like it did at this stage of last year’s competition, the game went to extra time as the Rossoneri were wasteful and failed to take any of their opportunities.

In the end Milan would score all five of their penalties in the shootout and it would be Rincon who would be the man to let Torino down as the Diavolo emerged victorious.

After the game Pioli spoke to Milan TV to reflect on a dramatic evening at San Siro, but one that ultimately saw his team get the job done.

“I can only be satisfied with the performance of the boys. It was the fourth game in 9 days and there was no lack of spirit and intensity. It is a pity we didn’t win the game in the 90 minutes. We still showed quality because even scoring 5 penalties is not random,” he said (via MilanNews).

“We believe in our qualities. We always think positively during matches. Staying in the game means being focused and believing in our abilities. This is proving us right because the matches are difficult and complicated.”

There was a memorable moment at half-time in extra time as Giacomo Olzer came on for his competitive debut for the club, in place of Brahim Diaz.

On his debut, Pioli added: “Our youth sector is of quality and it must be like this because we are Milan. It is a sector of perspective. It is good that when there is the possibility our young people will be ready.”

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