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Sunday September 20 2020
Pioli: 'Pressure is a privilege'

Stefano Pioli aims to improve Milan’s position in Serie A this term and hopes to start by turning a negative trend in the opening matches in recent years.

The coach was met by the press on Sunday and was asked if Milan were a Scudetto contender in 2020-21.

“I don’t know, it’s difficult to answer these questions,” Pioli said at a press conference. “We must always show that we are an ambitious team, we must give our all.

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Thursday September 17 2020
Pioli: 'Milan controlled the match'

Stefano Pioli saw Milan ‘play to win and control the match’ against Shamrock Rovers in their first competitive game of the 2020-21 season.

Hakan Calhanoglu scored one goal and created another for Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Dublin, setting up the next Europa League preliminary round tie against Norwegians Bodo/Glimt.

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Thursday September 17 2020
EL: Calhanoglu inspires Milan in Dublin

Milan beat Shamrock Rovers 2-0 in the Europa League preliminary round, as Hakan Calhanoglu scored one, assisted Zlatan Ibrahimovic and hit the crossbar to set up a meeting with Bodo/Glimt.

The Rossoneri season began in Dublin against the current Irish Premier League leaders, with the winners going on to face Norwegians Bodo/Glimt in the next round on September 24.

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Thursday September 17 2020
Line-ups: Shamrock Rovers v Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Hakan Calhanoglu lead the way in Milan’s Europa League preliminary round tie with Irish team Shamrock Rovers.

It kicks off at 19.00 UK time (18.00 GMT) and is a one-off knockout round game at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin.

This will be decided this evening, as if they are level after 90 minutes, it’ll go to extra time and maybe even penalties.

The winners go on to face either Bodo-Glimt or Zalgiris Vilnius in the next round on September 24.

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Wednesday September 16 2020
Pioli praised Donnarumma: 'He's ready'

Milan coach Stefano Pioli has praised goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma for his ‘availability’ and display of ‘desire and positivity’ despite his current situation.

The Italy international has yet to reach an agreement with Milan but Pioli expects him to be ready when the Rossoneri start their season against Shamrock Rovers tomorrow.

“Yesterday, I complimented him for his presence, his availability and for how he faces every single moment at Milanello, with desire and positivity,” Pioli said at a press conference.

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Wednesday September 16 2020
Pioli: 'Zlatan is ready'

Milan coach Stefano Pioli confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ‘fully recovered’ for the match against Shamrock Rovers, when the Rossoneri start the season in the preliminary rounds of the Europa League.

The Rossoneri travel to Ireland today and Pioli expects his players to be ready for the new season, starting with the second qualifying round in Dublin.

“The thrill of starting a new season, of trying to continue the path we built last year,” Pioli said at a press conference. “The qualifiers are just the beginning.

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Wednesday September 16 2020
Castillejo: 'Pioli is a great coach'

Milan winger Samu Castillejo praised coach Stefano Pioli for being a ‘great coach and a beautiful person’ and expects to start the season with a tough game against ‘the strongest team in Ireland’.

The Rossoneri resume after the short break with an appointment in Dublin and the Spanish winger admitted coach Pioli warned the Milan players ahead of the second qualifying round in the Europa League.

“The coach told us from the first day we heard about our opponent, that Shamrock are a tough team,” Castillejo told DAZN.

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Tuesday September 15 2020
Bradley: 'Shamrock can cause problems for Milan'

Coach Stephen Bradley said Shamrock Rovers will 'play to win' against Milan on Thursday and has told his players to prepare to ‘dig in’.

Milan travel to Ireland for the second qualifying round of the Europa League this week and the Rovers coach, who admits they are ‘up against it’, believes his men can ‘cause problems’ for Stefano Pioli’s men.

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Tuesday September 15 2020
Tonali and Diaz included in Milan's Europa League squad

Milan have updated the registered list for the Europa League ahead of Thursday’s match against Shamrock Rovers, including Ciprian Tatarusanu, Sandro Tonali and Brahim Diaz.

The three new players will be available for Milan’s first match in 2020-21, when they travel to Ireland this week for the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

Ante Rebic has been included in the squad to serve his three-match suspension, a ban he carries with him from his time with Eintracht Frankfurt in the competition.

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Monday September 14 2020
Ibrahimovic back in Milan training

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back in training with Milan this morning and on track to start the Europa League clash with Shamrock Rovers on Thursday.

The 38-year-old had been working separately from the rest of his teammates for the last few days due to a knock to his right leg.

He missed friendlies against Vicenza and Brescia, but reports from the Milanello training ground this morning confirm he has returned to the squad.

That means Ibrahimovic should be ready to start on Thursday in the Europa League preliminary round tie.

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