‘Milan work last season would pay off this term’ – Stefano Pioli

Thu 23 September 2021 | 5:18

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli explained the tactical changes he made against Venezia and said the Rossoneri can improve more with the support of their fans at San Siro.

The coach was forced to make a number of changes to his squad as he did not have

Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Olivier Giroud




, and

Rade Krunic

at his disposal.

The Rossoneri dominated possession but did not register a shot on target until

Brahim Díaz

turned in a first-time cross from substitute

Theo Hernandez

in the second half.

Hernandez, who came off the bench with

Fikayo Tomori


Alexis Saelemaekers

before the hour-mark, doubled


's advantage eight minutes from time as they moved up to second in the Serie A table.

“Breaking the deadlock is important, as it means Venezia cannot just sit behind the ball, but we cannot be frenetic. We lacked a bit of quality and precision in the first half, but with the right intensity and determination, we found a way through,”





Milan showed their confidence and self-assurance by not panicking, unlike in situations like this last season.

“I knew the work we’d done last season would pay off this term, as it’s a process and sooner or later they were always going to reach these levels.

“We won many games last season, but in my view the thing we have more now is that we have matured and also have support from the fans that last season we were lacking. Our objective is to improve our home record from last season, and I think we can do that with the help from our supporters at San Siro.”


were not enough in numbers when they attacked so Pioli decided to move to a system with three men in defense.

“We thought in the first half with two trequartista players that we could break between the lines, but we didn’t manage it at all. Bennacer could’ve pushed forward a bit more, but otherwise it was what we had planned.

“In the second half, we put Kalulu a little deeper, to protect against Dennis Johnsen’s runs on the counter.”

source: SportMob

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