AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has insisted that the condition of his squad had a big say on who he picked in the starting line-up, and that Salernitana will be a ‘complicated’ game.
The Rossoneri have been great form so far in February, opening the month with a 2-1 derby comeback win against Inter to reopen the title race, then reaching the cup semi-finals with a 4-0 hammering of Lazio, and moving top with a 1-0 win over Sampdoria last Sunday to take advantage of Napoli’s 1-1 draw with Inter.
It is certainly the right kind of form to tackle a potential banana skin such as Salernitana, whose on-field struggles this season have only been distracted from because of the off-field chaos including attempts to sell the club before they are automatically demoted.
Pioli spoke to Sky before the game against Salernitana, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.
“I liked all three games of the last week and in this one the players confirmed their condition to me. It will be a complicated match. We are facing a team that has changed a lot, that has a new coach and it will be a challenge to face with great concentration,” he said.
“Our way of playing involves many attacking situations. It is not the quantity of forward that counts, but being always dangerous throughout the game.”
On Kessie: “Kessie is fine, he is an asset of this team. He is a very strong player, he is a starter like all the others … Then you choose from game to game.”