Monday January 25 2021
Pioli: 'Mandzukic in doubt for Coppa Italia Derby'

Milan coach Stefano Pioli has revealed Mario Mandzukic has had physical issues and is in doubt for tomorrow’s Coppa Italia Derby.

The former Juventus striker made his Milan debut on Saturday, in the Rossoneri’s 3-0 defeat against Atalanta.

Tomorrow, the Rossoneri face Inter in the Coppa Italia quarter finals, but the Croat may be ruled out of the game.

“The Coppa Italia is a separate competition, which is easier to prepare for being sudden death, whether 90 minutes or 120, it’s a single match,” Pioli told Milan TV.

“It’s a different competition which we really care about, but the league is a different story, the next derby will be next month, with other important games before it. It’s an important quarter-final, we need to face it in the best way.

“As always there are opponents to face, dangerous opponents, we are determined to bounce back. The Coppa Italia is a competition we care about and aim to win, because in the end all the big teams in the league find themselves in these positions. We weren’t particularly lucky in the draw because we are in the toughest brunch, but if you want to win the Coppa, you have to face everyone.

“As for injuries, Bennancer is feeling better but he won’t be available until next Saturday in Bologna, Calhanoglu is still not ready and we’ve had issues with Mandzukic Tonali and Kalulu following Saturday’s match and we’ll have to wait till tomorrow to see if they’ll be available for the derby.”

In the second part of his interview, Pioli discussed Fikayo Tomori's arrival and Milan's targets this season.