Milano, Pioli rischia il suo futuro: “Non sono spaventato. Ibra a Miami? Mi aveva già avvertito”.

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Stefano Pioli, 58 anni
Rossoneri in need of a victory against Sassuolo to save the coach’s job
Stefano Pioli clings to what he can control: the work with the team. In an extremely delicate week, with persistent rumors about his future, with yet another news of a muscular injury among key players, the Milan coach has tried to focus on the only thing that can make a difference, which is the performance of the Rossoneri against Sassuolo tomorrow at San Siro. In case of defeat, it is possible that the club decides to shake things up in the dugout. But Pioli assures: “I am not afraid. I would like the team to express its full potential. We need to be more compact than we were in the last game. I don’t think about my future but about the present of Milan. It has been a week of work, we are focused only on improving my present, but above all Milan’s present. We have worked for a winning performance.”
Pioli speaks firmly. He reiterates the importance of work, as he has always done in his management. There are few journalists present in the press room and each one takes up space for two questions, putting pressure on the coach. It is not a serene moment, that is clear. But Pioli tries not to let it show, as he admits in one of the rare occasions when he lets go: “Maybe I get annoyed too little.” Perhaps some criticism has been hard for him to digest, but it is not the time for controversy.
The challenge against Sassuolo is a turning point for the coach’s career rather than for Milan’s season, which still risks being overtaken in the standings by Bologna. “It should not be our last chance, we have to leave the field knowing that we have given everything. We have made mistakes in some games that have prevented us from emerging as winners,” Pioli admits.
The Rossoneri coach assures that the team’s spirit is the right one. Even the many injuries, including Tomori’s hamstring tear, do not affect the players’ performance. “If you could see how they train,” he reveals. In these days, what would have been useful at Milanello is probably Zlatan Ibrahimovic, now the new advisor to the ownership and consultant to the Rossoneri executives. Instead, the former Swedish champion is immortalized on the beach in Miami, performing perfect overhead kicks on the sand, in stark contrast to Milan’s current situation. “Ibra’s overhead kick? That’s a question you should ask him, he had already committed to that before returning to the environment. It’s not a problem, I don’t see anything special about it and he had already warned me. We communicated through messages – Pioli recounts – he asked me how the team trained and what the sensations were, as we always do.”
There has been no contact, however, with RedBird’s number one, Gerry Cardinale. “I haven’t spoken to him, I saw him a month ago here at Milanello. But I have always communicated with the executives,” Pioli explains. Giorgio Furlani, the CEO, will be present at San Siro, keeping his fingers crossed to avoid further injuries. The biggest doubt against Sassuolo remains the defense: who to field alongside Kjaer? Probably another sacrifice will be asked of Theo Hernandez, with the alternative of young Simic making his debut from the start. Pellegrino is recovered but not yet ready for a comeback. Jovic, on the other hand, will be called up, while we will have to wait until the match against Empoli for Okafor.
Waiting for the winter transfer market, which should help Milan and Pioli. “I don’t speak because the market has not yet started. The club has made itself available to address the difficulties we are facing at the moment.” But for now, the only thought must be the three points against Sassuolo, the team that marked the highest point of Pioli’s Milan with the scudetto, and if they were to lose tomorrow, probably the lowest point as well.

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