Wednesday October 9 2019
Pioli: Criticism spurs me on

New Milan boss Stefano Pioli says the criticism is “an extra stimulus” for him to do “great things” and that he will “adapt to my players”.

Pioli was officially confirmed as Milan’s Coach on Wednesday, albeit to a hugely negative reception as fans already want him out on social media.

“I come here with enthusiasm and passion. I’m convinced that we can do great things together,” he began at his Press conference.

“I have respect for the fans and they have the right to criticise me, but for me it’s an extra stimulus.

“I’ll get to work on both the players’ heads and how we set up on the field. These will be 10 important days and I’ll try to make the most of every opportunity.

“My principles are based on ideas, intensity and ruthlessness. Giampaolo’s a good Coach, but he’s different to me.

“I’ll have to be good at getting my ideas across to the team as quickly as possible. Let’s start with a good base.

“There are some quality players here. Marco’s worked well. I’d like to play the football that the lads will enjoy playing.

“I adapt to my players. I have to improve them individually so they can grow collectively.”

The 53-year-old coached Inter with little success during the 2016-17 campaign and was an Nerazzurri fan growing up...

“The past is the past, I was a kid. Now I’m an adult, a professional who has a great desire to do well.

“I need to get to know my players. I’m very demanding of them and myself. I can’t stand shallowness and a lack of ambition. We must do our utmost to achieve great results.

“We have 31 games until the end of the season, so we still have time to work and do well. We have to fight to get into the Champions League.

“Piatek is very effective inside the box. He’s a finisher, but there are also many other players who can score. Paqueta is quality and quantity.

“I like to move players during matches and he can also play between the lines. He has goals in his legs and is good at getting in the box.

“Leao has great potential, which must be exploited. Everyone must feel involved.

“Suso’s a player of indisputable quality, we have to get him into so many one-on-one situations.

“He can do very well.”

Finally, the ex-Fiorentina and Lazio trainer was asked to describe his approach with a phrase.

“Win. Head up or head down, you have to win.”

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