Pioli: ‘Milan have matured, we need to win each sport’

Stefano Pioli mentioned Milan are ‘a powerful group who need to win each sport’, praised the brand new signings with ‘high-level expertise’ and harassed Zlatan Ibrahimovic can nonetheless ‘be decisive for the group’.

The Rossoneri put together to begin the brand new season with a visit to Sampdoria on Monday night time and Pioli mentioned he’s ‘completely satisfied’ with the brand new signings this summer season and believes his group have ‘matured’ with their expertise from the final two years.

Milan are certified for the Champions League too this time period and Pioli desires to make the most of all of the alternatives in 2021-22.

“I’m proud of the brand new gamers who’ve arrived, lads who’ve received,” Pioli mentioned at a press convention. “They’d an expertise at excessive ranges with an essential mentality.

“Gamers who know what successful means, effectively built-in into the group. I discovered my gamers to be very conscious and mature. Earlier seasons have made us develop and have given us confidence.

“[Sandro] Tonali and Rafa [Leao] are extra mature and robust gamers, however we’re nonetheless lacking one thing.

“[Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and [Franck] Kessie are nonetheless out, [Ismael] Bennacer is a bit late, however the entire group are sturdy.

“We’re a powerful group, and we need to win all video games. We will do effectively if we mix ambition and humility. We can have the Champions League too, the place we are going to attempt to be protagonists.”

Olivier Giroud has arrived from Chelsea and appears set to begin in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence on Monday.

“Olivier is a superb skilled, an individual of excessive degree and depth, very good and useful,” Pioli added. “He is aware of easy methods to transfer, he matches in very effectively as a result of he desires to work and study, and provides his expertise to the group.

“We performed high-level friendlies, like Good, Valencia and Actual Madrid. Olivier can play alone in assault or with strikers. We’re continuously evolving and growing.”

Gianluigi Donnarumma moved to Paris Saint-Germain on a free switch and Mike Maignan arrived from LOSC Lille to switch the Italy worldwide.

“I thanked all of the gamers who helped us, actually Gigio too,” Pioli mentioned concerning the goalkeeper’s farewell.

“I’m very completely satisfied about Maignan, a curious and keen lad, he desires to study and perceive the issues we do right here, in comparison with the French college. He’s a really sturdy goalkeeper.”

The coach confirmed Ibrahimovic is doing higher and mentioned he might be again after the subsequent worldwide break.

“He’s higher bodily, he has not but resumed coaching with the group,” Pioli continued. “He’s pushing and if it goes effectively in the course of the break, he might come again.

“His function within the group is at all times the identical, an essential chief for us, he ensures high quality and his presence is undoubtedly basic.

“He might be decisive for the group.”

After ending second in Serie A 2020-21, Pioli has huge expectations for the brand new marketing campaign and mentioned the Diavolo is working to face each problem ‘in a constructive means’.

“This have to be a Milan who personal themselves,” he added. “At all times within the sport.

“They need to at all times have the identical identification and physiognomy. They need to face the video games in a constructive means and by no means in a passive means.”

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