MN: Pioli’s message is correct – Milan must channel anger into ‘stimulating’ Juve and Inter clashes

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have once again been left licking their wounds after another costly San Siro defeat, this time against a Spezia side firmly rooted in the bottom half.

MilanNews writes how the defeat pretty much entirely came at the hands of the referee Marco Serra who ruled out Junior Messias’ lovely strike into the top corner because he failed to correctly play advantage after a foul on Ante Rebic.

It is certainly not an ideal start to the week for Milan, who now face a crucial game against Juventus on 23 January without Simon Kjaer, Fikayo Tomori, Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessie, and then we look ahead to the derby against Inter on 6 February.

With such huge games on the horizon the team must suppress their rage and instead focus on putting things right on the field, just as Stefano Pioli declared in his post-match press conference.

“It must stimulate us. If when we win we say that it is the game of the turning point, the next games must be that of the turning point. Today’s challenge must give us even more strength, unity and compactness to face the next games,” he said.

“Inter and Juve arrive at the right time. After such an evening it is better to have such heartfelt and stimulating matches, proving to have grown so much in terms of mind and character.”

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