Sky journalist names ‘the only advantage’ of the international break for Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

Sky journalist Peppe Di Stefano believes that Stefano Pioli will be able to use the international break to work with the defenders who will remain at Milanello.

Milan scored three goals and got all three points on Sunday afternoon against Hellas Verona to extend their winning run across all competitions to five games, and thus it could be argued that the break comes at a bad time.

The Rossoneri have gained plenty of ground on Juventus to the extent that they are now three points above them in the table, while they have also progressed through two Europa League knockout rounds to get to the quarter-final stage where they will meet Roma.

Speaking from Casa Milan for Sky, Peppe Di Stefano spoke about the international break that has now arrived and the advantage that it could bring for Milan, with his comments relayed by Radio Rossonera.

“From the last break in November to this one, Milan have been the second best performing team in Serie A. They played 17 matches and won 12, drew three and lost two, those away against Atalanta right at the end and the deserved one against Monza,” he began.

“Milan averaged 2.3 points per game, higher than what a team should obtain to get into the Champions League. They did this despite the difficulties, because in the period between November and December Milan had many injuries, and in the end in the last seven games they obtained 16 points, 10 more than Juve.

“Milan have a very similar performance level to that of the Scudetto season: in the 29th round of the season, they had 63 points and this time they have 62. It is 10 more than last season, when however it must be said that between February and March they had that period of absolute crisis.

“A crisis that wasn’t in the Champions League, with Milan reaching the final four in Europe and losing to Inter in the semi-final. Now three and a half days off: they will resume training on Thursday at lunchtime with many players away for the national teams and many who will remain.

“The particular thing is that many defenders will remain, and with the disqualification of Theo Hernandez the only advantage that Pioli will have is that of being able to work in these two weeks with the defensive block that will then play in Florence on Easter Saturday.”


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