Pioli: Kobe Bryant inspired us; Our secret weapon is belief
AC Milan moves closer to their first Serie A title in 11 years after a 2-0 win over Atalanta on Sunday.
Second half goals fromRafael Leao
a 2-0 win that moved them five points clear at the top of the standings with just one game to go. Inter can reduce the gap to two points against Cagliari on Sunday night.
“I had to salute the fans, it was our last home game of the season, they’ve been inspiring us with their passion for a year, now we’ve got another week and mustn’t change anything, we retain the usual concentration and calm,”
Pioli told DAZN.
“Atalanta is a very strong team and created a lot of problems, but we did very well in defense and allowed them very few scoring opportunities. We also did well trying to find the solution to create those spaces, players going back and forth, wide and closer to the center.
“All the previous games taught us that we have what it takes in terms of determination, belief, and courage. Thoat comeback wins over Lazio and Verona gave us more belief, that takes away some of the anxiety.
“The lads know we have strengths and weaknesses, we must try to make the most of our strengths.”
Pioli who is on the verge of winning the first Scudetto of his career was asked how he feels at the moment.
“In all honesty, the last few weeks have been very normal, because I see the attitude of my players, they are smiling, joking, determined, and focused when they arrive at the training ground every day. I don’t need to worry, because I see that focus.
“We had 10,000 fans waiting for us as we drove through on the bus, that obviously fired everyone up. Now I expect another week like this.”
Pioli has revealed before the game he talked to his players about Kobe Bryant who was a Milan supporter.
“I showed the lads an interview with Kobe Bryant, who said at 2-0 up in the NBA Play-Offs, the job is not done. We’re not done. We need to maintain that calm and concentration that can in the end prove decisive.
“When we took charge at Milan, the team had completely different tactical ideas and concepts, so we had to change everything. Now the good thing is that the players enjoy making the most of our strengths and preparing tactically, being able to adjust also to limit our opponents.”
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