Tuttosport: From Sassuolo to Sassuolo – one step missing for Pioli to come full circle

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are very close to being able to call themselves the champions of Italy after an 11-year wait, but their work is not yet finished.

Tuttosport (via MilanNews) talks about the watershed moments that the team have had in recent memory such as the 5-0 defeat in Bergamo against Atalanta, which was followed by the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Then there was the win against Sassuolo away that saw the Ralf Rangnick rumours banished forever, with Stefano Pioli extending his deal not long after.

The evolution that Milan have undergone from that day in July 2020 to today has been important and the feeling is that the arrival of Pioli helped accelerate a project that had begun in 2018 when Elliott Management acquired the club.

The former Fiorentina and Lazio boss took the Rossoneri back Champions League after seven years of absence and now they just need one point to be league winners for the first time since 2010-11.

Speaking on Sunday after the Atalanta game, Pioli himself spoke about how the ‘job is not finished’, referencing what the late and great Kobe Bryant – who was a Milanista – said during the NBA Finals when his LA Lakers were 2-0 up in the series.

Milan are fully aware that there is still a hurdle to overcome before glory is achieved so at Milanello work is continuing as it does every week, focused and determined.

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