Pioli used a photo of Calhanoglu to fuel Milan players ahead of derby win

By Isak Möller -

Yesterday’s Derby della Madonnina was certainly full of emotion and AC Milan managed to prevail by three goals to two. Leading up to the clash, Stefano Pioli used a special trick to get his players fired up. 

The rivalry between Milan and Inter will never disappear, but it’s clear that it has been fueled over the last few years by the success of both teams. Furthermore, Hakan Calhanoglu’s decision to join the Nerazzurri has added to that.

The Turkish international has aimed several digs at Milan since he left the club on a free transfer for the city rivals. It’s something that has annoyed his former teammates and Pioli used that to his advantage ahead of the derby.

As was confirmed during his post-match presser, relayed by MilanNews, the manager hung a photo of Calhanoglu with the quote ‘We have fire inside’, which the Inter man used last weekend, in the locker room at Milanello.

“It’s one of the most important tasks for a coach. Sometimes I use something of my own, other times of others: the important thing is to have a group that thinks about it, reflects, worries and then is ready to give its best,” he stated.

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  1. Hakan is a fool. He started something that negatively impacted on him. But I think he will now learned his lesson and give Milan the respect they deserved.

  2. Kebab talks too much. And when things don’t go his way (most of the times they just don’t) he’d cry like a little bitch. Just like he did with Theo.

  3. The most important thing is that the coach used calhanoglu picture as an advantage to Acmilan players which fuel the fire in them, good match coach

  4. “by any means necessary” _ MalcomX

    Its the derby so it is like a battle fro the city and anything to be done to keep the players motivated should be done but I still think this Hakan case is being overrated.

  5. Theo played it smartly by taking a yellow at the beginning, so dumfries cannot do much all the match on the right side and also on Leao.
    Good play Hakan, he forgot he is playing for inter not Milan. 😆😆😆

    Merci beaucoup Donnarumma
    I always wonder how shit we could be with you by your frequent errors.
    We got a diamond(Maignan) because of you, again thanks dollarumma.
    We won 2 out 3 derbies in Serie A without you.

    Forza Milan ❤️🖤❤️🖤

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