Milan President Paolo Scaroni expressed his confidence in Rossoneri head coach Stefano Pioli on Monday morning, following the team’s 1-0 victory over 2022-23 Serie A champions Napoli at San Siro on Sunday evening.

The Rossoneri executive spoke in depth to Radio Anch’io Sport on Rai 1 on Monday morning, during which he gave his assessment on the team, their coach and the potential new stadium in San Donato.

Milan rose to a 1-0 victory at home to Napoli on Sunday evening, thanks to 25th minute strike from in-form Theo Hernandez.

“To borrow the words of both our CEO Giorgio Furlani and (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, we have total faith in Pioli and the results are strengthening our trust,” Scaroni told listeners on Monday morning.

Scaroni also spoke on Rafael Leao and his goal drought this season. The Portugal international has not found the net since September in Serie A, but has contributed with three league goals and nine assists in 24 matches, equalling a goal involvement every other game.

With his assist for Theo Hernandez’s goal against Napoli, Leao has now set up three in his last two games.

“I’m crazy for Leao’s goals, but if he continues to provide assists like the one yesterday, I’m also very happy with that,” Scaroni said.

Scaroni also updated supporters with news from the new stadium project in San Donato.

Milan, through SportLifeCity officially purchased land in San Donato last week, with the intention of erecting a 70,000 seater stadium to replace the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

“We have bought the land, we have received a favourable decision from the municipality of San Donato, but we have a whole series of steps in regards to the region and the local authorities.

“We are relatively optimistic, although in Italy, being optimistic about the construction of stadiums is quite a difficult task.

“We are moving forwards, we need a new stadium. The mayor of Milan has asked us to make one last attempt to see if a restructuring (of San Siro) is possible. I’m a bit negative about this idea, I cannot understand how works of that magnitude can be carried out in a stadium that hosts 70,000 people each week.

“Technically it is a difficult issue to deal with, but the mayor has asked us to do so and we will respect his wishes.”

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