Wed 05 October 2022 | 13:09

Pioli believes Champions League experience will help Milan

Milan failed in the Champions League last season, but in the current season they have topped their group.

Chelsea head coach Stefano Pioli claimed that last season's experience in the Champions League will help them this season.

Rossoneri returned to the Champions League last season for the first time in 10 years, but failed to advance beyond the group stage and were eliminated. This season, the Rossoneri are at the top of the table with 4 points from 2 games, ahead of Dinamo Zagreb, Salzburg and Chelsea. Now Pioli claimed that the experience of last season has helped them a lot  this season.

He said:

“The experience we had in the Champions League last season, against great opponents, was such an exciting and challenging debut but equally difficult against great teams. 

“It caused us to grow. I see my players definitely more aware and definitely more mentally complete.”

Asked about the difference between playing in domestic competition and Champions League, Pioli said:

“Only two things are different, the pitches where we play that allow you to play a high level of football, both in terms of technique and pace. 

“And the refereeing is different. They blow the whistle less, protest less and so the intensity and pace of the game is high.”

Pioli added on his Chelsea counterpart, Graham Potter:

“He’s a modern coach who tries to implement aggressive, dynamic, proactive football. The change of coach, unexpected, has also created some difficulties for us because we only have two games to study. But on the one hand better, we have less work to do. Only two games.

“Chelsea’s players all have great quality and a great technical level so we’ll definitely have a complicated game ahead of us.”

source: SportMob

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