AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has admitted that he is inspired by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as he responded to a comparison between the style of the pair.
Pioli spoke to the media on the eve of Porto’s visit to San Siro and answered questions from reporters who gathered at Milanello, and he was asked about the comments that were made on Sky recently about the similarities between his tactical approach and that of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
It was former Inter defender Daniele Adani – who works currently at Sky Sport Italia as a pundit – who heaped praise on Pioli’s Milan for their attacking style and noted how the 3-1-1-5 formation seen from Guardiola’s Bayern side can also be seen with the Rossoneri.
“Guardiola for me is the best coach in the world, especially for how he improves the players he has at his disposal. I have tried to take an example from everyone to improve and grow and that is what I will continue to do,” Pioli responded (via MilanNews).
He was also asked about his renewal situation after Paolo Maldini praised him in the media before the Roma game, given that his deal expires at the end of the season.
“When your work is recognised it is very pleasant, I am happy with the relationship I have with the managers. We are all convinced that we can do well together.”