Sunday January 19 2020
Pioli: 'Rebic change of Milan pace'

Stefano Pioli explains why he thought Ante Rebic could change Milan against Udinese, while Theo Hernandez “can become one of the best in the world.”

The Rossoneri registered their third consecutive victory between Serie A and the Coppa Italia, but had to fight back repeatedly for a 3-2 win over Udinese with the last kick of the game.

“It would be wonderful if our season started today from this match,” said the coach in his press conference.

“We managed to emerge from difficult situations in a tough week and Udinese perhaps caused us more problems than anyone. Managing to win in these circumstances means a great deal.”

Ante Rebic was the hero of the hour, coming off the bench at half-time to bag a brace around the Theo Hernandez volley.

“We were a little tense at the start and Udinese had scored early on, allowing them to make the most of their characteristics. I introduced a player like Rebic, who I thought could provide a change of pace, and he deserves credit for his impact.

“I have 19 first choice players, it’s up to them to be ready when called upon, it is not the job of the coach to regenerate his players. We’ve got to continue like this, as January will be very important for our future.”

Theo Hernandez remains Milan’s top scorer with five Serie A goals, despite being a left-back.

“I was fortunate enough to play with Antonio Cabrini, so I know a good full-back when I see one,” smiled Pioli.

“I push Theo on every day in training, because I believe he can become one of the best in the world. If he continues like this, he’s bound to be spotted by his national coach too.”

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