Sunday November 1 2020
Pioli: ‘Ibra very important'

Stefano Pioli insists Milan can improve and praises Zlatan Ibrahimovic: ‘He is so important for the growth of his teammates.’

Milan took all the three points in a 2-1 win away at Udinese.

“Udinese played with [Ignacio] Pussetto and [Gerard] Deulofeu on the wings and we tried to attack them there,” Pioli told DAZN.

“We always try to modify our positions on the pitch according to the choices of our opponents When Brahim Diaz came in we had more players in attack.

“The team has this spirit. They know they can overcome difficulties during the game. That’s a solid base to build the team.”

Sandro Tonali was subbed in in the second half.

“Tonali is doing well, I have four strong midfielders but he has everything, he is smart, he has vision, but he needs to have more intensity at a mental level.

“He also needs to get used to play with another midfielder close to him. But he is very strong, it’s hard to find young players with his qualities.

"If we could train a little more the level would rise even higher. With the club we decided to improve the team with young players whose could raise.

“I’m happy with [Brahim] Diaz, [Diogo] Dalot and [Sandro] Tonali and who entered in the second half.

“We haven’t done anything yet, even today’s game tells us we can improve. I’m sorry who is suffering my choices and playing less.

“I know I am coaching a solid and strong team. I told them during half time break. In terms of desire and willingness, they are second to none.

“Clubs that finished ahead of us last season are still very strong but we are ambitious and positive, we know we need to improve so much.

“Ibra knows how much he is important for his teammates’ growth. He knows the path is a long one, we want to overcome these challenges that help us to improve under every point of view.”