The Italian coach praised the performance of his side.
coach Stefano Pioli praised the mental strength of his players after the team's 2-0 victory over Atalanta and promotion to the Champions League.
The Rossoneri climbed to second place in the table last night with a victory over Atalanta and advanced to the Champions League after 8 years. After the game, Pioli praised his side's performance, claiming that they deserved to be runners-up and advance to European competitions.
“We achieved it because we deserved it and we deserved second place, for how we played all season,”
Pioli told Sky Sport Italia.
“Unfortunately, we threw away the match point last Sunday against Cagliari, but we still earned it. I am truly happy and must thank the club that allowed us to work in the best possible environment. Once again, the players, directors, staff and fans all proved what it means to be at Milan.”
The Rossoneri have won 16 away games this season and have been outstanding. Pioli continued:
“We did wonder why that happened, but and tried to evaluate the situation. Perhaps we just lack individual moves when the opposition clam up in defence, so we are stronger when there are more spaces to play in.
“I heard some people say at the start of the season that we did better without the fans creating pressure, but I don’t believe that is true at all. We can only imagine what it would’ve felt like with the enthusiasm of the supporters growing at San Siro.
“What the fans did this morning also showed how much they believed and they passed that passion on to us.”