Stefano Pioli is enjoying his Milan champion of Italy and is aiming for an encore championship. The Rossoneri coach said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport: “This has been a wonderful summer, to try and repeat. To win you need talent, to repeat yourself you need character. This year motivating the group will be easier, we are stronger than a year ago. We will fight to defend the Scudetto, in the Champions League to improve “.
ON DE KETELAERE – “Looking ahead, in two to three years, can become a European top. We met at Milanello on Wednesday morning, together with the staff I showed him videos with our game concepts. He was very careful, from what he said it shows that he is very intelligent, that he understands football. And then he has great talent, you can see how he touches the ball: he is elegant, beautiful to look at. I asked Origi, my international team mate, about him and he said: ‘He is half Havertz and half Kakà’. He is unbalanced … he will play for a few minutes in Vicenza and once on Sunday with Pergolettese. There are important expectations but it is right to give him time, I was the first to tell him not to be in a hurry “.
ABOUT IBRAHIMOVIC – “Zlatan is not there but he is therebecause he is always in contact with everyone. He is a champion who can still make a difference: first he has to feel good, in the finale of last season he made some crazy sacrifices. People don’t know, but he could train only a quarter of an hourto. He has superior technique and intelligence but above all he is still very hungry. From mid-August he will be at Milanello to carry on its path “.
ABOUT LEAO – “I’m not at all worried about contractual matters, you can see that he is happy to be with us. Potentially he is a champion, by strength and ability to jump man. He has many goals in his legs, even more than last year. He has grown a lot without the ball, now he must be able to occupy the penalty area better. ”
ON ADLI – “I read that he rightly called himself an atypical midfielder: he is very intelligent, he plays vertically. He is fitting in very well, sometimes he moves too much but he is learning fast. And let’s not forget Brahim Diaz, from whom I expect a lot and with whom I am very satisfied: I want more precision in the last pass and more goals from him. ”
ON THE MARKET – “On paper, two roles are missing, the defender and the midfielder. We do not want to replace those who have left with doubles, also because another Kessié is not there. We need two characteristics: explosiveness and intelligence “.
ABOUT MALDINI AND MASSARA – “I have never been afraid of losing them, I heard them every day. The change of ownership and other dynamics that I am not aware of led to longer lead times, but I never thought it could end differently. ”
ON CARDINAL – “I only met him the day before closing, then I haven’t heard from him anymore. But even with Elliott’s top management it worked the same waymy references are Paolo, Ricky and Gazidis “.