Pioli reacts to drawing Red Star Belgrade in Europa League: “They are a well-structured team”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has revealed the he is expecting a difficult tie against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League Round of 32.

It was confirmed earlier today that the Rossoneri will face the Serbian champions in the last 32, and they are an opponent that must not be taken lightly.

They have won 16 of their 18 league games this season with two graws, scoring 50 goals and conceding just seven, and are looking to win their fourth consecutive league title.

It is thanks to the goals of Italian striker Diego Falcinelli, who in the league averages a goal every 90 minutes, and head coach Dejan Stankovic who is of course an icon of rivals Inter.

Pioli believe it will be an exciting fixture against a team who are bang in form and will be full of confidence.

“It will be exciting to return to a city linked to a historical page of the great Milan,” he said (via MilanNews).

He is referring to 1989, when Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan beat Red Star in the Round of 16 of the European Cup, a tournament they would go on to win.

“They are a well-structured team, in their league they are first with a large advantage, but we have shown that we can play against everyone.”

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