Stefano Pioli believes Milan have turned a corner after their 1-0 win away to Parma. “We had 25 attempts on goal and dominated.”
Theo Hernandez had to pounce on a lucky ricochet at the 88th minute at the Stadio Tardini for their first victory in a month.
“We had over 25 attempts on goal today, but we were clear today, the team knew how important the game was. Even if all matches are worth three points, some mean more than others,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“We were coming off good performance, albeit not good results, and it was time to bring home the victory. We dominated possession, shots on goal, showed intelligence and determination, so we deserved it.
“At the same time, we must be realistic, as one game doesn’t fix everything. We have many more areas to improve, need to get as many points as possible before the Christmas break, because Milan cannot stay in this position in the table.”
Piatek failed to score again and was hauled off to make way for Rafael Leao an hour in.
“It’s true that Leao doesn’t fill the box like Kris, but we have others who can push forward from midfield. It’s natural that a striker isn’t happy when he doesn’t score goals. We are here to help him and he must allow us to help him.
“When I see players who train hard, have the right attitude and determination, I don’t close to door. I’ve had more positive sensations over the last two-three weeks, I see the players very motivated and taking responsibility for the situation.”