Former Milan goalkeeper Dida believes that Stefano Pioli and his team are deserving of patience from supporters after what he describes as a period of development over the summer. 

Milan brought in 10 first team new faces over the course of the transfer window, as well as bidding farewell to Sandro Tonali and a host of other squad players in a busy few months for the Rossoneri recruitment team. 

Milan started the season promisingly, too, winning all of their first three league matches of the campaign. After Saturday’s 1-0 win over Hellas Verona, Pioli and his team sit in second place with four wins from five. 

In between those sets of results, however, was the 5-1 humbling by rivals Inter, which led some supporters to question whether Pioli is the man for the job long term. 

Dida, who knows Pioli well from his time as Milan’s goalkeeping coach, told Sky Sports on Monday, reported by TMW, that: “The team are still in a period of development.”

He continued: It’s true, five matches have already been played, but the staff must be given time to work. 

“Pioli has made many signings, and he needs time to understand which positions each of them can cover. Then there are players who haven’t played in Italy before, they don’t yet know what it means to play in Serie A.”

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