Pioli: “We Are In The Decisive Moment Of The Season.”

Written by Dare Solomon 

Milan coach, Stefano Pioli has admitted that its a difficult period in the season, revealing that “the help from the fans will be decisive” as the Rossoneri hope to bounce back from two straight draws in the league dropping the team to second on the log.

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After the surprising draw to Udinese and Salernitana, AC Milan tomorrow host Inter Milan in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal with Napoli waiting in the league but Coach Pioli says his team has done a lot and it time they start reaping.


“It’s only the first round, but it’s an important step. The help from our fans will be decisive,” Pioli said, as quoted by Milannews.

“We are in the decisive moment of the season. We’ve done an extraordinary path in the last two and a half years, but only what we’ll do from tomorrow will count.

“We can be better than in the last two games. We’ve done a lot and it’s time to reap the rewards. It’s the last step, the most difficult one, which is turning into winners.”

Pioli then went on to talk about how important this week is for the Daviolo saying “it’s an important week, but not decisive.”

“Those who win the most duels will have more chances to win.

“It’s an important week, but not decisive. There is a second leg in Coppa Italia and there will be ten more Serie A games after the match with Napoli.

“Numbers do not lie. We’ve had difficulties” he admitted.


Despite all effort to get him back on his feet, AC Milan will be without their old warhorse, Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals against the Nerrazurri.

The 40-year-old has been a long way off full fitness following his recurring Achilles issue and has not played since January 23. The plan will now be to have the Swedish international available for the top of the table clash against Napoli.

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The presence of Zlatan in the Milan derby would have added a whole lot of confidence to the attack of the hosts, because Ibra has such a strong record against Inter, scoring 10 goals in his 18 competitive matches against them, 8 of which are in the Milan jersey.

In addition to the absentees is Sandro Tonali, the young Italian midfielder who will be suspended tomorrow and either Rade Krunic or Alexis Saelemaekers could play in his stead.

Sandro is an important player, but we have good options to replace him,” insisted Pioli.

“I have trust in Krunic and he could play tomorrow, but Saelemaekers also has the quality to play in the middle of the park. He just needs more quality in some situations.”

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