Pioli insists Milan are not ‘nervous or anxious’ but names the key qualities they are lacking

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli bemoaned the way Daniele Doveri handled the allocation of injury time, and admitted his side ‘didn’t create many chances’.

With Inter having won against Hellas Verona on Saturday and Napoli losing at home to Fiorentina earlier today, the Rossoneri knew that they would go four points clear in the race for the Scudetto with a win in Turin, but they did not even manage a goal.

It is a second straight stalemate after the disappointing 0-0 draw against Bologna earlier in the week and there seems to be some problems with the attack, which was much more free-flowing during the early stages of the season.

After the draw against Torino, Stefano Pioli spoke to DAZN and reflected on another disjointed looking performance from his team, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.

On his protests at the end of the game: “I told the referee not to say that they will recover [lost time] and then instead they do nothing so as not to lose the rhythm of the game. When do you play in injury time? You have to give rhythm to the game.”

On the match: “We did everything to try not to give Torino points of reference. We didn’t create many chances, but there were many situations that could lead to important chances. We are less precise, in terms of spirit I cannot say anything. team. We miss the leap, we wanted to win tonight.”

On the moment of the team: “The league is competitive, there are difficulties for everyone. We did everything tonight to put Torino in difficulty, but we lacked a bit of clarity. We always have to think that we can do something better.”

On the management of expectations: “I do not see a nervous or anxious team. We played, we were compact, then it is clear that we all know how heavy these games are. There is more pressure in the final matches. We are a young team but who knows how to manage management well. We have to try to do better and better. There are only a few games left and we are still there.”

On the Scudetto: “Percentages? I don’t do them. First we were favorites, then Napoli, then Inter. Anything can happen again.”

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  1. damn medioker coach….
    i wonder why milan still hire this guy?
    c’mon guys, wake up., find someone that have a mentality to be a cahampions…
    all this time he just lucky….

    1. You are wrong. The squad he was given cannot we the scudetto. Imagine getting a second division player has right winger, an attacking midfielder who has never played a season of football has a starter and there is no back-up in that position. How is the team suppose to score goals. I think he is at fault for deploying the same instructions over and over again expecting it to work but blaming him like that is not justified.

  2. Now we can see why Milan haven’t been ready yet to be Italian Champion this season. They miss at least 3 more quality players in their attach to convince the title: playmaker, right winger, and center forward.

  3. When these same players were winning, nobody complained that it was a mediocre team. Most of you guys reason with your emotions.

    A good coach is the one who understands his team through and through. He knows the strengths and weaknesses. Simple. You guys blame injuries, loss of form, etc. The coach failed to switch tactics to play to the strength of the available players.

    He keeps on trying to do the same thing. The coach is not ready to win trophies – in any case, he’s never won any. He has a history of bottling up.

    The international break was a time for him to device a joker. He didn’t. He keeps doing the same thing which opponents now know how to contain.

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