Pioli provides reaction to ‘stimulating and motivating’ tie against ‘big favourite’ Man Utd

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has described the upcoming Europa League tie against Manchester United as a ‘stimulating’ one against ‘the great favourite of the competition’.

The Rossoneri secured their progression into the final 16 of the competition last night, but it was far from a straight forward evening at San Siro.

Having scored twice in Belgrade last week, the Rossoneri knew that they simply had to avoid defeat or a high-scoring draw against Serbian league leaders Red Star in order to progress, but away goals is exactly what they needed to go through after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

The reward is a two-legged tie versus Manchester United, with the first leg will be played at Old Trafford and the return leg at San Siro a week later. The first leg will be played on Thursday 11 March in England, while the return is scheduled for Thursday 18 March.

Pioli spoke to ANSA after the draw was made in Nyon this afternoon and provided some quick reaction upon learning the opponent.

“For us it will be a stimulating and motivating match, we face the big favourite of the competition. An opponent and a stadium that recall glorious moments in our history,” he said (via MilanNews).

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