Monday July 6 2020
Pioli needs 'an extraordinary Milan'

Stefano Pioli has claimed Milan are ‘motivated to express our best selves’ against Juventus on Tuesday but stressed the Diavolo must ‘do everything right’ to get the three points.

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Milan host Juventus at San Siro after an impressive win against second-placed Lazio, but Pioli thinks it will require an even better performance to get something from the match against the Bianconeri tomorrow.

“The motivation will lead us to overcome our struggles and to express our best selves against Juventus,” Pioli said at a press conference. “We must do everything right because we play against a team that has been winning everything in recent years.

“We must express ourselves to the fullest.”

The Rossoneri coach claimed the Milan we have been seeing since the resumption are the team he put together.

“I would say so, even in the past we worked on some situations, but now we have more continuity. We are showing a high level, we have won against two teams ahead of us in the table.

“But against Juve, you must raise your level even further.

“The best team arrive and if you want to get an exceptional result, you must make an extraordinary effort, it will need a great Milan.”

Calhanoglu is doubtful ahead of the big match and Pioli must wait until the last minute before he decides if the Turkey international can participate.

“We have decisive training sessions today and tomorrow. He has a calf problem, but I hope he will be available.”

The 54-year-old insists the great return is ‘not surprising’.

“We perform according to our preparation; we need spirit and positive attitudes. I know I have a team full of quality, so I’m not surprised by them.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored during his 45 minutes against Lazio on Saturday and could be asked to increase the time on the pitch this week.

“His condition can only improve, and he can do it through playing matches. I hope he can increase the minutes and the level of performance.

“He played 45 minutes against Lazio and 20 against SPAL, I hope his condition will improve. He’s the mentally strongest and the player with the most impact on the pitch that I have ever coached.”

Pioli offered good news on Franck Kessie too: “He is becoming more consistent now, his physical condition is improving. He’s almost there.

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