AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has heaped praise on his side’s work rate and spirit after they took a significant stride toward Champions League qualification with a 3-0 victory over top-four rival Juventus on Sunday night.
opened the scoring on the stroke of halftime before
missed the opportunity to double their lead from the spot.
It mattered little in the end, though, as substitute
sealed a first away Serie A win against the Bianconeri since March 2011 inside the final 12 minutes.
hailed his side's efforts but says they need to quickly turn their focus to Wednesday when they return to Turin to faceTorino
“This was a team that believed, that showed a spirit of sacrifice, that gave its all and showed quality too. We want to thank our fans, who really moved us this morning with their support, but now we have another game coming up and that might be even more difficult than this,”
Pioli told Sky Sport Italia
The Rossoneri are now joint second withAtalanta
– who they face in the final round – on 72 points, followed byNapoli
on 70 andJuventus
“We have had big wins this season, but admittedly this was a head-to-head, with the table so tight and so much in the balance. Unfortunately, it is not the final game of the season, so we still have to keep going.
“I celebrated pointing to the directors, because the club has always been by our side and we share the joys and disappointments together.
“When it comes to determination, team spirit and preparation to sacrifice, we were perhaps the best team in Italy for a long period of time. There was inevitably some mental fatigue after a long campaign, but we knew that today we had to step it up and put in a different performance.