Pioli before the rematch with Zvezda: “We have a small advantage, we will have to play well”

The Red Star team will play the return match of the sixteenth final of the Europa League against the team of the same name tomorrow in Milan. He brings a completely positive 2: 2 from Belgrade to Italy, so he will try to “scare” the Rossoneri on the Apennine Peninsula and thus pass to the next phase of the competition.

However, the coach of Milan, Stefano Pioli, said that his team wants to go as far as possible in the Europa League and that is why the imperative of victory against the Red Star is at its peak. He also analyzed what did not go according to plan in the capital of Serbia.

– The road in Europe was difficult. It is normal that we have difficulties, but we have overcome them. We have to play with a lot of attention and determination. We need high quality. On Sunday (derby with Inter, prim.aut) we didn’t have smiles on our faces, but there is a desire to restart, to show that we can play great football and win. Now we have an obstacle in the form of the Red Star, we have a small advantage, which does not allow us to prepare the match in a different way. We will have to play well enough to move on. We analyzed the last game. We made a mistake in the lack of intensity without the ball, especially in the first half hour. It is not a failure to fall in this match. Failure is to stay where you fell. But from tomorrow we have to start playing intensively and with quality again. It will be a complicated match, but the passage is within our reach. We want to go further in Europe – Pioli pointed out.

Milan’s defense has been suffering from big problems in the last few games. They conceded three goals against Inter, and two each against Zvezda and Spezia.

– It is always wrong to divide responsibility into positions in the team. We try to attack with all the players, and we have to do that in defense as well. We weren’t compact, we didn’t have intensity. We have to start playing with rhythm and consistency, from tomorrow’s game – adds the Milan strategist.

Benaser will not play in the duel with the Red Star, which means that Frank Casey will have to replace him. This means that the red and whites will have one less worry.
– Benaser does not have the same strength at the moment. He needs individual work. He will not be working with the team this week. Casey is fine, and we’ll see what choice I make tomorrow. We have the quality and resources in the team to maintain the level of play every three days – Pioli is clear.

There is a lot of pressure on Zlatan Ibrahimović, who is under constant “fire” from the Italian media due to his participation in the prestigious Sanremo.
– I talk to Ibrahimovic every day. He will miss a few training sessions, but he will be there for the matches. He draws even greater motivation from these pressures – Pioli said about the main star of the team.

Source: Vesti online by www.vesti-online.com.

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