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Pioli: ‘I expected this kind of response’

Sun 10 January 2021 | 8:53

Milan boss Stefano Pioli admits that he was not at all surprised by his side’s performance as they rebound from their recent setback against Juve by beating Torino.

Rafael Leao

and

Frank Kessie

scored in the first half to secure the victory for the Rossoneri at San Siro and helped

Milan

to forget the defeat against

Juventus

.

I must admit, I was not at all surprised by this performance,

” the coach told DAZN.

“I know these lads and expected them to give this kind of a response. The first half was excellent, particularly in terms of quality, and we inevitably came under pressure during the second half against a Torino side in good form.”

Pioli

hailed Frank Kessie and believed he gives them quality and is one of the most important players for Milan.

“Franck is a complete player, he gives us physicality, energy, quality, protects the defense and knits the moves going forward too. He has this eternally positive mentality in the match situation, he’s the first to help out a teammate or reassure them. This is a young side that needs guidance and encouragement, so Kessie is invaluable in that sense.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

and

Hakan Calhanoglu

are back, but

Sandro Tonali

was stretchered off and

Brahim Diaz

sustained an injury too and

Rafael Leao

will be suspended for the next game against Cagliari.

“We don’t have any news yet, we’ll have to see, they both got nasty knocks. What does disappoint me is losing Leao for the next game, because I’ve never seen a player booked for simulation in midfield. I don’t think that was in any way fair or a real understanding of the situation,”

continued Pioli

.


source: SportMob