Pioli explains Milan’s struggles against more defensive sides: “We have not yet found that clarity”

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli has admitted that his AC Milan side find it ‘difficult’ to break down teams who sit deep to try and frustrate, and named what is needed to try and unluck them.

Milan have been held to consecutive 0-0 draws by Bologna and Torino in their last two games and the latter in particular was a game bereft of many clear cut scoring opportunities as Milan once again demonstrated an inability to replicate some of the fast and dynamic attacking play we grew accustomed to before the last six games, which have yielded just four goals.

Pioli spoke to the reporters who gathered on the eve of the game against Genoa at San Siro about a number of different topics and he was also asked about Milan’s struggles against the low compact block sides and whether tomorrow’s opponents will post the same problems.

“When we prepare for matches we study our opponents well. Like from the last match, it’s a team that defends well, playing simple and effective football. We have prepared ourselves to have situations in order to have advantages,” he said (via MilanNews).

“When teams play deep it is difficult for everyone. If you don’t unlock it it becomes even more difficult. It is a discourse that is more valid for the match against Bologna than against Turin.

“We have improved the centre of gravity, territorial supremacy, opportunities created that shots taken, but we have not yet found that clarity and precision to unlock the games and try to close them in transition, in which we are very strong.”

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