Wednesday October 21 2020
Pioli: 'Milan worked hard for Europe'

Stefano Pioli warns Europa League opponents Celtic that Milan ‘worked hard to get into Europe and now we want to stay there.’

They already played three preliminary rounds, but the group phase begins tomorrow evening in Glasgow.

“We worked hard to get back into Europe and now we want to stay there,” Pioli told Milan TV.

“The Europa League is an important competition, we have a very balanced and competitive group, so we are eager to start strong.

“It’s natural that there are high expectations around us, and that’s only right, as we are wearing a prestigious jersey of a club that is accustomed to winning.

“It’s a privilege for us to have this kind of pressure, as it means we are doing well and there are many more tests we must pass. Milan always play to win, knowing that it’ll be difficult every single time. We have the quality to take home the points and the more we sacrifice ourselves for the team, the more likely we’ll get a result.”

Hakan Calhanoglu is out with a sprained ankle, but Milan are feeling confident after beating Inter in the Derby della Madonnina, to stay top of the table with a perfect record.

“Unfortunately, injuries are part of the job and it’s a pity to lose Hakan, but we have other players, albeit with different characteristics. We’ll find the best solution to field a competitive team tomorrow.

“Jens Hauge and Diogo Dalot are young, but already showed great ability to adapt and are ready to play.”