AC Milan fans were treated to a marked improvement in performance on Sunday night against Lecce, even if the right result didn’t follow.
Pioli was confirmed as AC Milan’s new head coach on Wednesday morning after Marco Giampaolo was sacked just 111 days into the job.
The 53-year-old was presented in front of the media and created his own slogan for the team to adhere to by stating that they must ‘win whether their heads are up or down’.
In the first 45 minutes against Lecce we saw exactly that kind of mentality; a fast attacking game built around pressing quickly and intelligently and making the right movements on and off the ball.
As Sky Italia note (via MilanNews.it) the numbers are there to back up the visual improvement of the performance.
The average shots on goal per 90 almost doubled in that one game (from 9.4 to 16) compared to Giampaolo’s reign.
In addition, the average number of shots from inside the penalty area is clearly higher (from 6.7 to 15 per game), something down to territorial advantage and constant pressure.