AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli heaped praise upon his squad after they showed fantastic resolve to beat Juventus 3-0.
It was an almost perfect performance from the Rossoneri as they silenced doubters with goals from Brahim Diaz, Ante Rebic and Fikayo Tomori, securing a massive three points in the top four race and winning for the first time ever at Juve’s new home.
Pioli spoke to the microphones of Milan TV after the game, with their questions and his answers transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.
On the victory and the attitude shown: “Yes, I have always thought that there are no perfect matches but tonight we came close to it for attention, spirit and quality. It is a very important match and victory that I want to dedicate to the fans who have given us an exciting charge. It will be the game of the turning point if we will be able to continue this path also on Wednesday with Torino.”
On the embrace with Brahim and the great performance of the Spaniard: “In that embrace there was a hug for all the players. Brahim is a very young and very good player. He reminds me temperamentally of me as a player who when he knew he wasn’t playing became darkened and saddened. He is much stronger than me but he’s a very determined guy and he reminds me of some of my attitudes.”
On the condition of Zlatan: “Zlatan didn’t play 100% but he didn’t want to miss the game. His presence is important for us. He had a discomfort in his knee, also felt during the week but now it is difficult to assess even in view of Wednesday. Now let’s think about the match against Torino.”
On the game strategy and upcoming commitments: “We try in all games to have a strategy and to take positions that can put our opponents in difficulty. We have opted for Brahim for a precise tactical plan. It is nice to see a player who is ready even when he does not play often. It is a group that has never lacked in availability and sense of belonging. Now we have to bring home a great result, otherwise only the taboo of the Stadium remains. Now head to Wednesday.”
A message to the fans: “Best wishes to all the mothers, especially mine who didn’t believe in it so much. Thanks to all the fans who helped us so much and come on Milan.”