Pioli hits out at sensationalist coverage of his Milan tenure: “No middle ground”

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli has expressed his frustration with the way that his time at AC Milan has been portrayed by the media and sections of the fanbase.

Milan are heading into the last five league games of the season with very little to play for, having lost the derby to Inter on Monday night which followed a Europa League elimination at the hands of Roma.

Pioli spoke to the reporters who gathered at Milanello on the eve of the trip to face Juventus for his pre-match press conference, and he was asked about whether this feels like his most difficult moment at the club.

“In these almost five years there has been no middle ground. Either very positive moments or very negative moments. I can’t tell you if it is the most negative, but it is the closest and therefore also the most painful,” he said.

“If I could change the result I would give everything I have to change the derbies, but it can’t be done anymore. I for one have to have broad shoulders, understand that it’s part of the game and it’s part of my job. We have to demonstrate who we are until the end.”

Most reliable sources are reporting that Pioli’s time at the club will come to an end after the final game of the season. He is right at pointing out though that the Italian press have a tendency to go from one extreme to the other based on the results.

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  1. You could say that about the fans, but the media has been on Pioli’s side through thick and thin.
    So stop whinning.
    Make sure you don’t set any more historically negative records in these last 5 games.

  2. I honestly was happy with how he helped us turn things around. He accomplished good thing in his tenure. Things we didn’t thinknwe would achieve.

    From the scudetto to the semi final of the UCL. Then it fell apart. By his own making or not. He did great things but in January 2023 his time should have been up.

    I wish you well Pioli except if you’re playing against my beloved teams.

  3. The management had two options last summer. Continue with M&M who were asking for investments, and I think they meant a raise of the salary cap to avoid losing our best players (either for free or by selling them because they wanted more money), or continue with Pioli who was reportedly on the exit. They chose the cheap option. Some people here foresaw that he would be the next scapegoat.

    Then the management, through PR, tried to manage the image of Pioli at the beginning of the season. Remember when SM and other Milan outlets stated that they would support freedom of press after a call with Milan’s PR seemingly asking not to publish critics toward Pioli?

    And now we have to find another cheap coach who will agree with another cheap mercato.

  4. Exactly what I said in his previous press con. When we’re good we’re extremely good. When we’re bad we’r extremely bad. And now the coach himself said that. To be part of top (world class team), we have to keep ourself in the higher up of the curve. Or else we’re gonna lose our momentum. Just like we’ve been witnessing for several years now (except that Scudetto season obv).

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