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Pioli: ‘The result of the first leg can't influence the game’

Wed 17 March 2021 | 16:54

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ismael Bennacer have recovered from injuries and are both fit for their game against Manchester United but warns his side to forget about the first leg.

The Rossoneri are ready to take on

Manchester United

in the return leg of the Europa League last 16 at San Siro and they are looking to qualify for the quarter-finals.

"All the games we played have made us grow. Now we want to qualify. We have gone through a lot to get here. We want to win,"

Pioli said at a press conference


"We are aware we'll face many difficulties tomorrow. They are a solid team.

"They haven't lost a game for a long time. We'll need quality and personality to have the better.

"It's hard to make predictions, they were aggressive in the first leg, but we kept the ball possession. The result of the first leg can't influence the game. We must try to be dangerous,"

the coach added


Pioli is happy to have Ibrahimovic and Bennacer back to his squad for their decisive match against the Red Devils.

"Ibrahimovic and Bennacer are available and I am happy with their recovery. Tomorrow we will decide on Calabria, Rebic, Leao and Romagnoli."

Pioli continued


"We'll see if Ibra will start. Of course, he can't play the whole game, but he is an essential player for us.

"He and Kjaer boosted the team's self-esteem. We've improved thanks to them."

source: SportMob