Stefano Pioli has revealed that he spoke with the AC Milan squad about the situation that is ongoing in Ukraine after Russia’s invasion of the country.
As the BBC report among other sources, Russian forces have launched a military assault on their neighbours Ukraine and as part of it they are bombing targets near big cities, after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered attacks on Ukrainian military targets.
The report claims that about 10 civilians are believed to have been killed as part of the shelling that has taken place while Ukrainian presidential adviser said that more than 40 soldiers had died and dozens more were wounded in what is a grave situation.
Pioli spoke to the media on the eve of tomorrow’s game against Udinese about a variety of different topics, and he was asked about his thoughts on the situation in Ukraine with his comments transcribed by MilanNews.
“We talked about it before training, there is a lot of concern in all of us. There is dismay at what is happening. If there is one thing that can unite it is sport and therefore we must try to do our best,” he said.
On footballing matters, he spoke about Udinese and the threat that they pose to his side.
“They are a compact team, it won’t be easy to find spaces, so we’ll have to be good at moving the ball. They start off well, so we’ll need an attentive and lucid team. We must make as few mistakes as possible.”
Regarding if there are any tired players, he responded: “No, I choose because I have so many quality alternatives. We are thinking only of tomorrow’s match. There are 13 games left: each has an important specific weight. We head to Udinese, which is a tough, intense team and has quality. They are a difficult opponent to overcome.”