Pioli: ‘A difficult game with Sampdoria, Milan are not like Leicester’

Sat 05 December 2020 | 15:39

while Milan go against Sampdoria on Sunday, Stefano Pioli, Milan head coach, believes what Leicester achieved may be repeated but they are at ‘the beginning stage.’

When asked about Sunday’s clash with


, Pioli said: “

This is going to be a difficult game, as Sampdoria have some very good players. We must be sharp and tactically precise.”

“It’ll be nice to see Antonio Candreva and Claudio Ranieri again, always friends and opponents for just 90 minutes. Ranieri was a very important coach for me and he already gave me clear ideas on what I wanted to do when I retired as a player. I admire him a great deal.

“I cheered on his Leicester City when they won the Premier League, which was an incredible achievement



was asked whether


’s stand on the

Serie A

club compares to that of Leicester’s

Premier League


I’m not saying the Leicester achievement can never be repeated, because it happened with Hellas Verona and Sampdoria winning league titles, but I continue to warn we are only at the beginning and have to keep taking it one game at a time.

“You cannot achieve success without sacrifice. I ask my players to be determined and keep this approach to every match. One of our great strengths is that we are balanced, whereas in football there’s a tendency to go too far in either a positive or negative direction


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

declared that he will hang up his boots in the summer of 2020, but he was persuaded by Pioli to change his mind.

I try to be direct with every player

,” said the coach. “

When you speak from the heart, it’s more likely people will listen to you


I told Zlatan that considering what we’d started, it wasn’t right to interrupt it now. I told him to think carefully, because I, Paolo Maldini, Ricky Massara and Ivan Gazidis would do everything possible to convince him. We’re very happy that he is here


Pioli’s side is suffering form injury absence of Ibrahimovic, Rafael Leao and Simon Kjaer on the battle against Sampdoria tomorrow, and Mateo Musacchio is not prepared either.

Jens Hauge has strength, quality, is good at one-on-one situations and is very intelligent. He is proving himself useful for the team.

“I have always been convinced of the quality of these players. We haven’t won anything yet, there’s a lot of work to do, but we’re hungry and want to be ambitious


source: SportMob