Fri 26 February 2021 | 3:14

Pioli wants his squad to play like before

"The many victories gave us energy and confidence, so now those elements are lacking a little bit." said Pioli after experiencing a draw against Red Star Belgrade.

Lack of energy and confidence is the element that

AC Milan

lack now after the Rossoneri failed to turn the 1-1 raw into a victory even when one of the

Crvena Zvezda

men was sent off as



He told

Sky Sport Italia


“The team might be young, but it has a mature mentality. Clearly, we are not in our best period of form. The many victories gave us energy and confidence, so now those elements are lacking a little bit.

“It’s a pity we didn’t control the situation better, with a little more precision in our passing and our choices, but the important thing was to qualify against a team that caused us problems over both legs.

“In the first leg, we stopped looking for the third goal and rested on our laurels. We didn’t do that this time, we had the chances with Rebic and Ibrahimovic. At this level, it’s about details and the tiniest margins can make a big difference.”

Milan have been performing positively in this season so far, and Pioli considers that the point. He said:

"The season doesn’t end here, winning the Europa League does give you a place in the Champions League. We are making more mistakes and aren’t as solid as we were in the past, but it’s a very important stepping stone and it’s crucial that we managed to get through.

“I try to stay with my lads throughout the game, give them the right boost, but they are a responsible side and perhaps they are starting to feel the pressure. They shouldn’t, because we are having a remarkable campaign and going through difficult moments will help us become stronger in future."

He mentioned the difference between past form and current structure mentioning the control over the game and chance creation which was more in before.

source: SportMob

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