The Rossoneri coach: “On Saturday Zlatan only played 15 minutes, I think we can increase his playing time but he is not ready to start from the beginning yet”
“The double confrontation with Porto will be decisive, after two defeats that do not reflect Milan’s performance so far in Europe. Tomorrow night is another step to get back to the top, because the road is still long ”. Stefano Pioli knows he is facing a crossroads, in this Champions League so far so different from the championship: “Tomorrow we will challenge a solid and compact opponent, with technical and fast players – he said at a press conference at Milanello, before leaving for Portugal – . Porto are used to playing in the Champions League, they are a high-level team. But we took advantage of the break to study it and we hope to have the right strategy. A name to fear? If I have to indicate one, I choose Luis Diaz, he impressed me ”. There are no great secrets to winning matches like this: “We have to stay focused and lucid in our readings, because every mistake in the Champions League pays dearly. We lost the first two games essentially due to defensive inattention ”.
How are the Rossoneri
Ibrahimovic paws, but Pioli is very clear on his use: “Zlatan is fine, but on Saturday he only played 15 minutes. I think we will be able to increase his playing time but he is not ready to start from the beginning yet. With Pepe it would be both a physical and a temperamental duel ”. Comforting indications from Bennacer: “He’s fine, he’s ready to play tomorrow. Krunic is playing for his place with Daniel Maldini, it takes a while to return to 100% but the condition is acquired only by playing ”.
Pioli gets up and Rafael Leao sits in front of the microphones: “He is more aware of his qualities, he has enormous potential but he can do even better – says his coach -. It has certainly improved in continuity. Rafa agrees: “Yes, I am more continuous but the credit goes to my teammates and the coach. Serie A is a difficult championship, I felt the difference with the Portuguese championship ”. For Leao, former Sporting, it is almost a derby: “Against Porto it is always difficult. For us it is a final, we have to win and score points to move forward. But the same goes for our opponents ”. The present is already rosy, but the future is for a top player. Leao tries to keep his feet on the ground: “I’m at Milan to grow, here there are great people who help me improve every day. The coach and managers have given me confidence and I feel I can make a difference in every moment of the matches, dribble the opponents and create an assist or a goal. We are a young team but with the right mind, and in the group there are also people who bring experience ”.
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