Pioli disappointed with the game, happy with the qualification
With a lot of suffering, Stefano Pioli’s Milan managed to secure the passage to the 1/8 stage of the Europa League.
The Red and Blacks eliminated Crvena Zvezda’s Serbs after two draws as they conceded one more goal scored on the opposing field. After the San Siro match ended in a 1-1 draw.
In the Lombard capital, the team led by Dejan Stankovic put Milan in a lot of difficulties. Which, although it had one more player on the field for more than 20 minutes, risked elimination.
After the match, Pioli praised Crvena Zvezda and added that this is not a good period for his team.
“The team may be young, but it is mature. It is clear that we are not in our best moment. Numerous victories gave us energy and confidence. Elements that we are missing a little. It is unfortunate that we did not control the situation better. Having more accuracy in our passes. Anyway the most important thing was to qualify against a team that caused us problems in both games. In the first match we did not look for the third goal and slept on laurels. In the second match we did not do the same, we had the opportunity to score with Rebic and Ibrahimovic. At this level, the details make the difference.
The coach of Milan made an analysis of the red and blacks’ season so far. Highlighting the merits but also the mistakes of the team. Pioli is confident that in the future Milan will be stronger.
“If we think about our season, there are a lot of positive things. The season does not end here. Winning the Europa League gives you a place in the Champions League. We are making more mistakes and we are not as strong as we have been in the past. But it is very important that we qualified. I think we are dealing with a psychological fatigue of the team, not physical. We started everything in the elimination rounds. I try to charge the team throughout the game. To give them the right motivation. Maybe they have not started to feel the pressure yet. We are having a good season and going through difficult moments helps us become stronger in the future. ”