‘We should always rejoice’ – Pioli praises AC Milan maturity with out Ibrahimovic
The coach was pleased with his gamers for coping with out their injured striker on Sunday
Stefano Pioli hailed the rising maturity of his AC Milan gamers within the absence of injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Rossoneri strengthened their grip on prime spot in Serie A with a gritty 2-1 victory at Sampdoria on Sunday because of targets from Franck Kessie and Samu Castillejo.
Milan secured the win with out talisman Ibrahimovic, who’s nursing a hamstring damage however anticipated to return quickly.
The skilled Swede has scored 10 targets in six Serie A video games this season, and his presence was missed in opposition to Sampdoria, however Milan managed to get the job completed in Genoa.
“I proceed to be shocked by the maturity of those gamers,” Pioli advised Sky Italia.
“Though it was in all probability the youngest aspect we have had all yr. They by no means let themselves get downhearted by unhealthy outcomes or go overboard with good ones, they actually impressed me.
“Everyone knows how a lot Zlatan has helped us to enhance and everybody needs him again as quickly as potential, however each participant contributed right here.
“I advised the lads we’re an actual staff. This can be a group that makes essentially the most of each scenario, even essentially the most destructive, to show what they’ll actually do.
“It is the primary time we had been lacking Ibra, Simon Kjaer and Ismael Bennacer, who’re leaders of the aspect, however they used this chance to show they may hold the staff going.
“It means we now have the passion and the power to face down each problem.
“These lads give their all all through the week, these are essentially the most troublesome video games after the Europa League, so profitable them after we are thought of the goal for a lot of different golf equipment, that’s satisfying and we must always rejoice.”
Milan have gained eight of their first 10 Serie A video games to go 5 factors away from Inter on the prime of the desk.
Within the earlier 86 seasons within the competitors, the Rossoneri had gained extra video games at this level of the season solely in 1954-55 (9 matches).
Nonetheless, Pioli admitted Milan can really feel rivals for the Scudetto respiration down their neck.
“I imagine this weekend’s outcomes present the strongest groups are coming, they’re closing up,” stated the Milan head coach.
“I’m satisfied Inter, Juventus and Napoli are nonetheless going to be difficult all the way in which to the top.
“How will you suppose Juve aren’t favourites after they gained for 9 years in a row? Or Inter with their investments, or Napoli with their expertise?”
Milan conceded from a nook in opposition to Sampdoria when Albin Ekdal squeezed the ball in, and Pioli acknowledged his aspect tend to modify off at set-pieces.
“The final purpose we conceded from open play was in opposition to Napoli,” he added.
“We must be extra centered on set performs. It is true we’re not the tallest squad, however I feel we had extra possibilities from dead-ball conditions than Sampdoria did.”
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