'Milan don't care about the table', said Pioli

Sat 06 February 2021 | 16:25

AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli insists the Rossoneri 'don't care about the table' and admitted that Ismael Bennacer's presence in the game against Cronote is doubtful.




at the top of the table on Friday with a 2-0 victory over


, while The Rossoneri will host



"We must be used to handle pressures; difficulties will increase,"

Pioli said at a press conference.

"I insist it's a privilege to have this kind of pressure; it's not the first time we found ourselves behind Inter with a game in hand. We are not focused on this; we want to have the right approach, match quality and intensity to have more chances to win.

"We won a difficult game in Bologna and we want to continue; we don't care about the table. We only want to win the next game,"

the coach insisted.

"Crotone have collected less than what they deserve, but it would be important to be on top tomorrow evening."

The Rossoneri have been training for a full week before the game.

"It was strange. It hadn't happened for long time. We have analyzed some tactical situations and we've done a more physical-focused work. It was an intense and useful week,"



"We're in the middle of the climb; the most difficult slopes have yet to arrive. It will be difficult for everyone.

"Each one of the top seven teams can win the title or qualify for the

Champions League

; we don't want to be among the three disappointed ones, the last five, six games will be decisive."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

stars in


's attack, while

Ismael Banaccer

may be out of the game.

"Ibra was very much determined in Bologna, I liked what he did on the pitch, we created ten goal scoring opportunities, it's not easy in

Serie A


Pioli admitted


"Bennacer had bronchitis and a bit of fever has not trained; he must be assessed for tomorrow."

Pioli was asked about

Hakan Calhanoglu

's feelings after recovering from Covid-19.

He said:

"He had some symptoms, it's something that can affect the physical condition, we are happy to have him back. He is a very important player for us, I still have to decide whether he will start or not."







source: SportMob