Pioli sends message to rivals Inter and Juventus highlighting Milan’s grave injury situation

By Akhil Prasad -

Matteo Politano’s solitary goal was enough to give Napoli all three points against at the San Siro on Sunday night. The defeat means the Rossoneri are nine points behind league leaders Inter, who look to be gliding away towards the Scudetto.

Milan entered the clash against Napoli on the back of a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and several absences, which Stefano Pioli was keen to point out after the match.

Speaking to the press after the loss to Napoli (via MilanLive), Pioli pointed out the absence of the club’s main strikers as a key factor for the recent results.

When the absences are numerous, you lose something. These are players who give important technical quality, but also give a presence on the pitch in terms of mentality and communication. We have played many games without a center forward. Several times we have been without Ibrahimovic Mandzukic and Rebic,” he said.

Moreover, Pioli was quick to compare Milan’s front line absentees with the club rivals Inter and Juventus, saying:Try to imagine Inter without Lukaku, Martinez and Sanchez or Juventus without Ronaldo, Morata and Chiesa.

“We have done many games without Ibra, Rebic and Mandzukic. Over half the championship without Zlatan, yet we are there with many positive performances.”

Milan sit in second place with 56 points and look likely to fall to third, given the fact that Juventus are just a point behind with an extra game in hand, which funnily enough will actually come against Napoli.

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  1. Remyp says:

    What an excuse! The injuries like it or not will come to any club but you mr pioli who lack strategy and anticapation when it happen. Your tactical always the same when the player who play is different, no inovation and creativity you just stuck in 4231, wake up mr you are coaching a big club not mediocre club like you used to be and we dont like too much excuse we want good effort from you and if you want to find something to blame just blame youself.

    1. Boki83 says:

      Would you like Giampaolo back to coach our big club?
      I cant believe how quickly people seem to forget that we have been overachieving pretty much everyone’s expectations.
      We don’t have the necessary quality or depth to win the league. Top 4 finish would be a great result for us.

      1. Marius says:

        I cannot believe you stand for him. No, Giampaolo is not for milan either but Pioli is the cancer of Milan right now. I agree that milan was mediocre for years and after covid they adapted well to 4231 but from there … Nothing.. top teams learned to tackle this ugly system and made it obsolete. Pioli doesn’t know to play other system… A good manager should adapt to 2-3 sistems to counter different styles of play.

        1. Bunga2 says:

          Try telling that to Conte who went everywhere with the same 3-5-2 formation.

  2. Milanisti indonesia says:

    In the beginning of season milan also get many injury and not so much choice like tomori and meite but we keep on winning. So get the hell outta that excuses. Its pioli who cant take care of milan

    1. Bunga2 says:

      Who was the COACH back then if I may ask?

  3. Charisma maduka says:

    Bring in Mauro Tassotti. I don’t just understand why maldini can’t give tassotti a trial or milan wants a coach they can easily control?

  4. Benjamin says:

    Milan should try harder, I know it is a difficult time for the club with our key players injured but those available should put in their best and give Milan results.

    Mr. Pioli thanks for the great job you’ve done in Milan and remember the reward for good work is more work.

    Best wishes to Milan.

  5. Bright says:

    Irrespective of how mediocre Mr Pioli is, if he has bennaacer- Kessie back, with the addition of Tomori as a starter, Milan would perform better,
    All pioli needs is a trophy to upgrade his profile, ( Also our strikers needs to be back, without Ibrahimovic we are easily intimidated upfront.. )
    We can only get better, we have the squad but mediocre Pioli is just too inconsistent in unlocking the squad full potentials.

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