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Pioli: We need to improve our home results

Sat 13 March 2021 | 13:43

The Rossoneri boss has urged his team to ‘play with tempo’ against Napoli.

Milan

sit second in Serie A with 62 points as they continue the title race with Inter at the top of the table.

Antonio Conte

’s team are currently the favorites to win the Scudetto as they lead the table with a six-point clearance. Ahead of his team’s Sunday match against

Napoli

,

Stefano Pioli

warned his players about their opponents’ qualities.

“Napoli play good football, they have quality and are a united team. It’s a complicated game, because Napoli are one of the best sides in Serie A,”

said Pioli in his press conference.

“We only really took our foot off the gas against Spezia, but we never lacked determination in the other matches. I train a group of players who are very responsible, have quality and can always be counted on.

“If we play as a team and collaborate, we can become stronger. Hard work and belief in our abilities are the recipe for success here. A slip-up cannot allow us to forget the team that was the surprise of 2020. We just needed to review some situations and be more solid.

“There was so much talk about negativity, but we never felt that here. We never lost faith in ourselves.”

Asked about his side’s title chances and their current form, Pioli responded:

“We have to concentrate on tomorrow’s fixture and take it one game at a time. This is an important opportunity against a strong opponent who always caused us problems.

“Intensity is the most important thing, but it’s in terms of mentality even more than physically. We have to play with tempo, on and off the ball. We have to move it quickly, make the opposition chase shadows.

“If we want to aim for the top, we need to improve our home results.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

has been sidelined due to an abductor injury. However, he is set to return to action in his team’s Europa League match against

Manchester United

on Thursday.

“Ibra is our shining light, but Milan depend only on our style of football. There are many leaders here, because we have a precise identity and way of playing,”

Pioli said.

He added:

“Rafael Leao has improved in terms of consistency, including during 90 minutes. I expect a lot from him, he is working hard for the team, though at times he wastes energy starting a sprint when his teammates can’t find him. His goals will come.”


source: SportMob