Tuttosport: How Pioli addressed his squad after the derby – instant reaction needed

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have been left with simply no choice but to respond against Newcastle United tomorrow night after their derby humiliation against Inter.

This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) reports that the management have full faith in Stefano Pioli’s work, even after the 5-1 mauling by Inter which resulted in a fifth derby match lost in a row, with 12 goals conceded and only goal scored.

However, questions are starting to be asked even at the top levels of Casa Milan about the issue Pioli has against Inter. As a result, he and the team will be called upon to react promptly against Newcastle at San Siro.

It could be a crucial game in the Rossoneri’s Champions League journey despite the fact it is in the first round, because Borussia Dortmund and PSG are the next opponents, both away from home.

The defeat in the derby risks having a physical and mental impact on Milan, even if Pioli has pushed these thoughts away. The games against Bologna, Torino and Roma showed positive signs but then that all slammed to a halt.

Yesterday Pioli decided not to lay into his team. There was no lecture but rather just a reflection, thus avoiding a very heated discussion that would probably have done more harm than anything else.

Geoffrey Moncada was also present at Milanello, representing the club, to make the players feel the closeness of the management. In the game against Newcastle, everyone wants to start again with momentum.

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