AC Milan boss says he is proud of his ‘young’ team but insists they are bound to improve if they want to stay in the title race.
were held to a 1-1 draw againstUdinese
in their Wednesday match as they slipped six points behindInter
at the top of the table. Milan displayed superb form at the start of the current season but a lack of depth in their squad has made it hard for
's team to remain in the race for the Scudetto. Ahead of his team’s match againstHellas Verona
on Sunday, Pioli has spoken about the upcoming match and his team's current form.
"Juric is doing a great job at Verona, even changing many players. The team is technical and offensive, we need attention,"
Pioli said at a press conference.
"They beat Napoli and Atalanta and picked up a draw against Juventus. They are strong in the duels," the coach continued.
"We are not as quick when it comes to moving the ball, we must do better. Verona will be looking for duels and we should not give them points of reference. If we play a technical game we'll have good chances.
"I will tell my players I'd like to be 30 years younger to play with them. If we overcome difficulties together, we'll get more satisfaction."
Asked about Milan’s draw against Udinese, Pioli responded:
"It is wrong to talk about the approach. The lads gave everything against Udinese, we are proud to be the youngest team in Serie A and we need to face difficulties if we want to improve,"
"It was hard to achieve the same results as the last season. It's a challenging campaign and we've had many injuries.
"It's time to grit our teeth and try to win as many games as possible. The next two and a half months are decisive for Serie A and Europa League races."
Asked about his side’s injury issues, Pioli said:
"We are working on it, we are very attentive to the workloads. Unfortunately, there is a busy fixture list, and that has created trouble for us.
"It's the first time we have so many injuries. We're working to decrease them.
"Bennacer picked up two injuries and we are working to help him recover his best fitness. All those not available are important to us, but we've already proven we can play good football in challenging situations."