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Saturday February 1 2020
Milan gamble on Saelemaekers

Milan are taking a risk with the transfer of Alexis Saelemaekers, gambling on the Belgian’s obvious potential, writes Vincent Van Genechten.

It hasn’t been the season of Anderlecht following their youth revival behind club legend Vincent Kompany, who left Manchester City after 11 years to return to his home country. ‘Vince the Prince’ runs the show at his former club, trying to copy the success of the Citizens using their offensive minded football while giving huge minutes to home-grown youngsters.

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Wednesday January 29 2020
Pioli pleased by Milan 'desire'

Milan coach Stefano Pioli praised his players for showing “great desire” after the 4-2 win against Torino in extra time. “It was a great match”.

The Granata were 2-1 up until Hakan Calhanoglu equalised in the 91st minute, before the Diavolo kept their momentum to perform a great comeback and book a semi-final date against Juventus in the Coppa Italia.

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Monday January 27 2020
Pioli: 'Milan more determined now'

Stefano Pioli looks forward to the Coppa Italia quarter-final with Torino and maintains Milan are now “more determined in both penalty areas.”

It kicks off on Tuesday at 19.45 GMT, with the winner decided after 90 minutes, extra time or even penalties.

“We must go into this game with conviction, as it’s a very important match against an opponent that will be fired up, wounded and determined to prove themselves.

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Friday January 24 2020
Pioli: 'Not a good Milan'

Stefano Pioli confessed Milan have improved in their attitude, but it was “not a good performance” against Brescia, while Lucas Paqueta “told me he wasn’t focused.”

Ante Rebic came off the bench yet again to make the difference, as his third goal in four games secured a 1-0 victory at the Stadio Rigamonti.

It’s the first time all season that Milan have won four in a row between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

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Thursday January 23 2020
Pioli: 'Suso available'

Stefano Pioli said Suso “is available” ahead of the Brescia match, despite meeting with the directors at Milan yesterday regarding his future.

The Spanish winger has been linked with a move back to Spain, and reports in Italy have also claimed that Roma are following his situation at San Siro.

But Pioli has claimed he will be available to play on Friday and pointed out that Lucas Paqueta will also be at his disposal.

“Suso is training very well,” Pioli said at a press conference. “He is available to play.

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Thursday January 23 2020
Pioli: 'Every game the most important'

Stefano Pioli has challenged his players to bring Milan “back to where they’ve always been” and continue to “improve our position” in Serie A.

The Rossoneri are playing Brescia on Friday night and are currently on a run of three consecutive wins.

The coach seems pleased with what he has been presented after the winter break, but is adamant that they must “treat every game as if it’s the most important” to help them climb further up the table.

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Sunday January 19 2020
Pioli: 'Rebic change of Milan pace'

Stefano Pioli explains why he thought Ante Rebic could change Milan against Udinese, while Theo Hernandez “can become one of the best in the world.”

The Rossoneri registered their third consecutive victory between Serie A and the Coppa Italia, but had to fight back repeatedly for a 3-2 win over Udinese with the last kick of the game.

“It would be wonderful if our season started today from this match,” said the coach in his press conference.

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Sunday January 19 2020
Milan back to basics

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks at how Stefano Pioli has reinvigorated Milan by doing the simple things well.

Gheorghe Hagi once stated that the way to win was not all about having talent. He claimed that being organised and possessing the will to succeed was just as important as quality. Having a little bit of stardust on top of that obviously helps, but the basics done correctly are essential. Milan have been through a tumultuous time in recent years and tried many innovative ideas to get them out of it. Stefano Pioli has now come in to ‘steady the ship’ and after a stormy start, he perhaps can claim success by going back to the simplest of strategies.

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Saturday January 18 2020
Pioli: 'Zlatan manna from heaven'

Stefano Pioli called Zlatan Ibrahimovic “a manna from heaven” who is getting his Milan teammates to fully commit as they host Udinese.

It kicks off on Sunday at 11.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“We are in good shape, both mentally and physically, so must try to add important points to the table after a first half of the season that was not up to our standards,” said the coach in his press conference.

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Wednesday January 15 2020
Pioli: 'Full-backs more advanced'

Stefano Pioli explained why the new tactical approach has made such an impact at Milan after their comfortable Coppa Italia win.

The Rossoneri secured a second consecutive victory, beating SPAL 3-0 to set up a Coppa Italia Quarter-Final against Torino, with goals from Krzysztof Piatek, Samu Castillejo and Theo Hernandez.

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