A challenge that can be worth a lot in qualifying for the round of 16. Milan against Chelsea want to give continuity to the good results obtained in the Champions League against a strong opponent, Stefano Pioli presents the challenge at a press conference.
On what kind of match do you expect: “There will be two teams that prefer attacking football and try to command the match. Difficult game, the quality of the opponents is high “.
If you expect a strong response in this accident emergency: “I ask the team to play with our qualities and to give their best. I’m sure the team will try.”
On Chelsea: “In addition to the momentary classification, a very difficult game awaits us. They will have a strong approach, with rimto and all the qualities they have. We must be prepared, I think my team has the qualities to put such a strong opponent in difficulty.”
On too many injuries: “They can happen, the busy schedule does not help: I am accompanied by capable professionals who will help us find solutions”.
If it’s proof of maturity or something else: “By now I believe that the group has shown that it is mature and aware of the qualities. However, every match and a great challenge like the one tomorrow makes you understand where you are and helps you grow.”
If it is more complicated to prepare the game against a team that has recently changed their coach: “I know Potter because Brighton played well and I followed him. He plays well and plays offensive football. They’ve only played two games and changed a lot of positions. Strange thing. Usually when one arrives it gives stability, but he is used to doing like that. We know Chelsea though. This has led us to work more on ourselves, but also something on them. “
On Captain Bennacer: “He is a technical and character leader. He always gives his best”.
If the difference with the English teams has narrowed and if Milan can prove it: “The field then determines performances and results. Tomorrow the game will make us understand a lot. They won the Champions League a little over a year ago, there was still Giroud, they reinforced the team. We want to play at their level and put them in difficulty. Then I’ll be more precise after the game. “
How far is Milan from trying to win the Champions League: “I think the team is improving and growing a lot. We need to improve our path by taking advantage of these matches. There are very high level teams.”