Stefano Pioli, the manager of AC Milan, addressed the media ahead of his side’s Serie A clash against AS Roma at the San Siro. This comes after the club’s recent exit from the Coppa Italia.
“We must have a clear goal, which is to improve our first-half performance,” he stated with conviction. “Tomorrow we commence our second half. Improving the first half will secure us the third spot.”
Pioli underscored the efficient meeting he had with the players after their elimination in the Coppa Italia and expressed high hopes for the future. “We’ve clearly set our objectives. We’ve experienced disappointment, another one after the Champions League. We must transform this into determination to redeem ourselves,” Pioli insinuated.
He emphasised the significance of the league and the Europa League as only two competitions remain for his team. Drawing attention to defensive improvements, Pioli said, “The most negative aspect is the goals we’ve conceded: there are no hidden roles, the entire team must defend better, be more collaborative and organised. We have the sixth-best defence, that’s where our focus is for better results.”
Pioli echoed the sentiments of Rocchi, indicating respect for referees. “I agree completely with Rocchi, I respect him a lot. We all must lower our tone and be respectful. If anyone in our ranks makes a mistake, they should be disciplined. I ask for consistency on the other end in the measure of judgement,” he added.