Milan know how important Genoa clash is - Pioli

Sat 17 April 2021 | 13:38

Milan manager Stefano Pioli expects Rafael Leao and Mario Mandzukic to make up for Zlatan Ibrahimović’s absence against Genoa and sees his side with ‘the right level of worry, the kind ahead of a big test.’


are set to lock horns with


on Sunday.

We all want to get back to winning ways at San Siro, after a long time. We need to show more quality and concentration in the final third to achieve that,”


Stefano Pioli

in his press conference.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

suspended and

Mario Mandzukic

not fit,

Rafael Leao

is going to fill in for them.

“I am happy that Mario is available, although he doesn’t have 90 minutes in his legs, but he had a great week of training sessions. He moves so well and rarely times his runs incorrectly. Mario really suffered at not being available over the last few months. I was not surprised by his gesture of giving his March salary to charity, because his qualities were never in doubt.

“I remain convinced Leao is improving and puts much more desire into the game than last season. We have a big objective to achieve and I saw the team with the right level of worry, the kind when you know that it’s a big test you must prepare for.

“Genoa are a side with a lot of quality and who did well under Davide Ballardini. I trained Milan Badelj at Fiorentina, so I know he has great concentration and quality. They are a complete team who cover the various zones of the pitch well, who don’t focus so much on possession as vertical passes. Genoa are a physical outfit and will be difficult to beat.”

Gianluca Scamacca, the Genoa striker who is on a loan spell from Sassuolo, is eager to be the ‘icon’ Ibrahimovic’s understudy. When Pioli was quizzed on whether he’d like him to work with them, he said:

“Scamacca is a very promising young player with clearly defined characteristics. He is certainly a player with a bright future


Gianluigi Donnarumma

is also raising a lot of speculations as his contract runs out in June.

“I speak constantly to the players, but the future is now. Gigio knows how important tomorrow’s game is, as the whole team knows.

“As for the other situations, I fortunately work at a club that keeps a close eye on everything. We are all concentrated and find this constant talk about outside issues a little boring.”

source: SportMob

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