CorSera: Unity not punishment – what was behind Pioli’s orders after Torino loss

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli changed the original plans for the squad for the second time in the last two weeks after the defeat against Torino.

Corriere della Sera (via PianetaMilan) report this morning that Pioli did not want to call it a ‘retreat’ as he did not want it to be seen as punishment when he ordered an obligatory overnight stay at Milanello after Wednesday’s defeat against Torino. He also called the team in for training after the 3-0 defeat in the friendly against PSV Eindhoven, sending a strong message at least.

Once Milan’s first trophy target of the season had vanished against a side playing with 10 men for over 50 minutes, Pioli ordered his players to take their cars and all go to Milanello. They slept there, had a training session and after lunch were able to leave to return home.

Pioli’s intention was more to use it as an opportunity to be together rather than the desire to inflict punishment. Logically, the unexpected loss in rang the alarm bells and with the Supercoppa against Inter just around the corner, answers are needed.

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