Pioli says AC Milan need more time; praises ‘intelligent’ Bonaventura

By Isak Möller -

Stefano Pioli’s side managed to claim one point against Napoli this evening, having equalised early on in the first half. However, the manager didn’t get the result that he needed, which leaves for some bitter taste. 

The former Fiorentina manager, who is still looking for his second win in charge of the Rossoneri, spoke to Sky Italia (via MilanNews.it) after the game. Given the number of players injured (or suspended), Pioli was pleased with the performance.

“I was sure that we would perform, the boys worked carefully. The team fought against a very strong team. We lost important players, but those who played instead had the right attitude. Too bad that we didn’t score one more, we nearly did.

“Piatek? He worked a lot for the team, he had his chances, the important thing is to continue to create them. He is working well, but he must do more. Of course, scoring is important for an attacker, and for us as well,” he began.

Bonaventura scored the equaliser with an absolute screamer, becoming the first Italian to score for Milan this season. Pioli praised the attacking midfielder for being ‘intelligent’, which certainly is one of the words you can describe him with.

“He is an intelligent player and I need intelligent players who can move around the pitch. I hope his physical condition allows him to play with more continuity.

“We need time. We have been working together for just 45 days with two stops. I like the attitude, we paid a high price for our mistakes, but we are starting to play as a team,” he concluded.

Of course, three points would have been ideal, but a draw isn’t too bad either. Hopefully, it will give the players some kind of confidence boost, as a tough away trip to Parma awaits next week.

READ MORE – Player Ratings: AC Milan 1-1 Napoli – Bonaventura shines, Piatek flops yet again

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