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Tuesday January 14 2020
Pioli targets Coppa Italia success

Stefano Pioli has admitted that “a great club” like Milan should play to win the Coppa Italia as “all the big clubs focus on this competition”.

Milan are preparing to face SPAL in the last 16 of the tournament and will host the team from Ferrara on Wednesday night.

Pioli concedes that there’s no point looking “too far ahead” and is only focused on their next match.

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Saturday January 11 2020
Pioli: 'Milan effective with Ibrahimovic'

Stefano Pioli acknowledges Milan are “more effective with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a reference point” and hints Lucas Paqueta is surplus to requirements.

The Rossoneri had been without a win since December 8 and hadn’t even scored in over 370 minutes of football, but the move to 4-4-2 saw both Rafael Leao and Ibrahimovic on target in a 2-0 victory away to Cagliari.

Suso, Krzysztof Piatek and Paqueta were not only dropped, but never even warmed up at the Sardegna Arena.

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Friday January 10 2020
Pioli explains Caldara exit

Milan coach Stefano Pioli says it was the club’s decision to move Mattia Caldara on after “technical and physical evaluations”.

Caldara is on his way back to Atalanta after a torrid time at Milan, which was ravaged by two serious injuries, and Pioli accepts the move simply has not worked out.

“Technical and physical evaluations were made. If we decided to make a change, it’s because we’re thinking about other solutions in his position,” the coach said at a press conference.

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Monday January 6 2020
Pioli: 'Milan wrong moves for Ibra'

Stefano Pioli complained Milan showed “a lack of quality” and made the wrong passes to feed Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a “disappointing” draw with Sampdoria.

The game ended goalless at San Siro and was barely an improvement on the 5-0 defeat to Atalanta that closed off 2019.

“Clearly we wanted to win and resume with a victory, so the fact we didn’t manage that is certainly disappointing,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

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Monday January 6 2020
Ibrahimovic just what Milan need

The statistics from this season show just how desperately Milan needed a forward like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, claims Christopher Bland.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed a long-awaited return to Milan and could he be just the clinical striker Stefano Pioli’s side need? Given that one of their top scorers is full-back Theo Hernandez on four goals, and the other is struggling Krzysztof Piatek, who has seen three of his four come from the penalty spot, it is a gamble that Milan will be more than happy to take.

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Sunday January 5 2020
Pioli: 'Ibrahimovic not Milan saviour'

Stefano Pioli confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic could start for Milan against Sampdoria, but warns the veteran striker isn’t “a saviour who has come to rescue us.”

It kicks off on Monday at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The week has been dominated by the arrival of Ibrahimovic as a free agent and there are strong reports the 38-year-old will be thrown into the starting XI at San Siro.

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Sunday January 5 2020
Pioli feels 'as if I've always been here'

Stefano Pioli has admitted it took him “one day” to feel at home at Milan and has pointed out that he is trying to shape “a very young team”.

The coach was appointed on October 9 and replaced Marco Giampaolo at the helm of the Rossoneri, and he claims he expected a situation much worse than the one he was presented.

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Sunday January 5 2020
Pioli: 'Zlatan is insatiable'

Stefano Pioli said Milan have given him a “great gift” in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and called for the Rossoneri to “exploit him in the right way”.

Ibrahimovic is back at San Siro, ready to embark on his second stint as a Rossonero and could be included in the line-up already against Sampdoria on Monday.

The coach Pioli is very happy to see the Swedish superstar back at Milan and claimed he will bring the required “enthusiasm and experience”.

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Saturday January 4 2020
Milan lose Biglia for Samp

Lucas Biglia is set to miss Milan’s Serie A match against Sampdoria on Monday with a hamstring strain.

The problem is severe enough to rule Biglia out of selection tomorrow, reports MilanNews.it, which adds he will undergo tests next week.

He was a regular under Marco Giampaolo but lost his place in the Rossoneri XI to Ismael Bennacer after the coach was sacked to make way for Pioli.

Now 33, the former Argentina midfielder joined Milan from Lazio in the summer of 2017 for €20m.

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Tuesday December 31 2019
Pioli: 'Milan, Paqueta, Piatek...'

Stefano Pioli hopes to be at Milan for a long time but warns Lucas Paqueta has to be “more decisive” and Krzysztof Piatek can’t be afraid of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Pioli has never lasted more than two-and-a-half years at a club – that coming at Bologna between 2011 and 2014 – and is seen as a stop-gap for Milan this season.

Nonetheless, he replied to Corriere della Sera when asked if he would like to establish a legacy on the red half of San Siro: “Yes, a lot.

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