Pioli expects ‘different Atalanta’ against Milan

by | May 14, 2022 13:46

Stefano Pioli urges Milan players to focus on their game against Atalanta, without thinking about Inter‘s away match at Cagliari and expects changes in the Gian Piero Gasperini squad tomorrow.

The Rossoneri meet La Dea at San Siro in their last home game of the season tomorrow. They could become Serie A champions if they beat Gian Piero Gasperini’s side and Inter don’t win against Cagliari.

Milan face Atalanta at 17.00 UK time, while Cagliari-Inter kicks off at 19.45 tomorrow.

“We’ve been playing knock-out games since the match against Lazio. We have overtaken many obstacles and we have one more tomorrow. Atalanta will force us to put in our best performance, they are the best team in away games after us.”

The game against Atalanta has a special meaning for Pioli’s Milan, who hit rock bottom with a 5-0 loss in Bergamo in January 2020. It was the game that convinced Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return to the club for a second spell and the Rossoneri made a serious U-turn in the following matches, especially after the lockdown.

“That humiliating defeat was useful to understand many things,” said Pioli.

“But I don’t think tomorrow’s game ends a cycle. It’s a very important game, we won’t change our mentality. We played well in the reverse fixture, against a strong opponent. I expect different things from Gasperini tomorrow, we don’t know who will play.”

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Pioli’s men won the reverse fixture 3-2 in Bergamo in October.

“It will be a difficult game that we need to prepare well. We must only focus on the match and that will determine what will happen next,” the Rossoneri coach added.

“I won’t think about Inter’s game, I don’t care. We don’t need more motivation than what we already have because we are already at the top in these terms.”

How are Milan preparing for the game?

“I’ve perceived even more attention over the last few days, which is positive. I’ve seen the same smiles, the same commitment. All the players are focused and motivated, just like me. We’ll get on the bus with positive energy and fans ready to support us for 95 minutes.

“It’s been an average week with collective and one-to-one meetings. We’ve studied different tactical situations vith videos. I didn’t have to motivate my players.

“We need to read the moments of the game well and be able to adapt to different situations. We have fast players who can help us with counter-attacks,” Pioli concluded.

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