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‘Without a team spirit, we wouldn’t get anywhere’ – Stefano Pioli

Sat 01 May 2021 | 23:04

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has highlighted team spirit after his side’s victory against Benevento at San Siro.

Back-to-back defeats against

Sassuolo

and

Lazio

, left

Milan

with no option but to secure all three points against relegation-battling

Benevento

.

The Rossoneri climbed back to second place in Serie A with a 2-0 win over relegation-battling Benevento at San Siro on Saturday thanks to goals from

Hakan Calhanoglu

and

Theo Hernandez

.

“Without a team spirit, we wouldn’t get anywhere. We are a strong team, but not strong enough to get away with lacking the basics.

“We had some situations in recent weeks that penalized us, but I saw a good performance this evening,”

the coach told DAZN

.

Pioli believes

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

brings more than goals to his team and

Hakan Calhanoglu

has not reached his full potential.

“Ibrahimovic is a champion and a champion makes everyone around him raise their game. Missing him was certainly damaging to the team, but we have reacted to the difficulties and showed character.

“In my view, Calhanoglu has not yet achieved his maximum potential. He provides quality, solidity, hard work, he plays with the team,”

continued Pioli

.

“He just needs to be a little more precise on assists and the final ball, keep his head up and check for the options. I think he must be motivated to score more goals, because with the talent he has, he should set himself much higher targets and aim for double figures.”


source: SportMob