Sunday February 20 2011
Pioli: 'Milan are the best, but...'

Stefano Pioli believes Milan are “the best side in Serie A, but we start on level terms and Chievo can beat them.”

Teams like Inter and Napoli have already fallen at the Bentegodi this season and the Coach aims for another famous scalp.

“Milan are the strongest side in Serie A. They have the best defence and the best strike force, so if they are in front of everyone then there must be a reason,” said Pioli.

The Rossoneri lost to Tottenham midweek, but were without the cup-tied Antonio Cassano, Mark Van Bommel and Urby Emanuelson.

“Cassano is an extraordinary player with creativity and that unpredictable style. If you add the physicality of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the quality of Robinho, then you are facing the best Italian football has to offer.

“Having said that, we are not already beaten. We start from 0-0 and with XI against XI playing on home turf. We've got to try to put in a great performance with focus, determination and work ethic.

“It will take an immense Chievo and we've already shown that we can fight it out with the big guns. I have faith.”

Pioli's men need a boost after last week's 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Cagliari.

“Our performance was just embarrassing. We were second in everything, but these things can happen on an off day.”

Gennaro Sardo and Davide Mandelli picked up bans in that game, while Luciano and Michele Marcolini are still injured.

See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with