AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli believes his side need the right mentality against Cagliari to secure Champions League qualification for the first time in eight years.
The Milanese club last graced European football’s top club competition in 2013/14, but is now one victory away from booking a place in the group stages for next season.
The Rossoneri will take onCagliari
at the San Siro tomorrow and a win would secure a Champions League spot for
’s men for the first time since 2013.
"We play at home, and it can only help us. We know it's an important game and that the opponents are tough,"
Pioli said at a press conference
"We can end an exciting week in terms of results and performances, we had a good balance in the last two games, and we need to put the same characteristics on the pitch tomorrow.
"Europe is Milan's home. The fact that it's been missed for so long makes expectations grow. We are a top club and we know we have prepared for this game well. We need to be mentally strong, there aren't easy games," the coach continued.
Pioli insisted that Cagliari have the same motivations as they are in the race to avoid relegation.
"Cagliari will play an intelligent game, they have quality players, they have our same motivations, we must play better than our opponents and attack more than them, it won't be easy.”