Pioli: “The season will become even more difficult, we must remain focused” – video

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli praised his team for an assured performance against Torino despite the injury crisis the club are facing.

Milan ensured that they will remain top of the Serie A table for another round at least with a 2-0 win over their visitors at San Siro. Both goals would come in the first half for the Rossoneri as Leao moved on to six league goals for the season with a composed finish when through on goal and Franck Kessie converted the 12th penalty of the season for Milan.

Pioli spoke to Milan TV after the win over the Granata, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.

“We are having great continuity, the level of performance is high. We must be satisfied, but we must continue like this. The season will become even more difficult, we must remain focused and continue to think that the next match is always the most important one,” he said.

On the selection problems: “We are going beyond the emergency because we are a group with great qualities. By now we know each other well, I am lucky to have many strong players. Of course, I hope to have everyone back soon, but you can feel the fatigue after a while. Today we won an important match.”

On Castillejo: “I am very satisfied with his performance. Our right winger has to sacrifice a lot, both he and Saelemaekers do it. Samu is fine, he hasn’t had an easy summer.”

On Ibra: “The important thing is that he has overcome the injury. Now he has to get back into shape. We’ll see whether to let him play in the Coppa Italia or have him work in view of Cagliari.”

On Tonali: “He took a kick. Let’s hope it’s just a blunt trauma and he’ll be back on the pitch quickly.”

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