Pioli: “Ibra improves the others. Since he’s been around, I’ve been less in the locker room”

The Rossoneri coach to Dazn: “I never go to explain my decisions to the players, but the door is open. Some time ago they offered me a contract as a team manager, but …”

A step at a time. Stefano Pioli is well aware of the ambitions of a great club like Milan, but he doesn’t want the pressure to become counterproductive: “We live it weekly – he says to Dazn’s microphones -. We didn’t leave to win the championship or the Champions League, we must win the next game “. The continuous growth of his team is comforting, also for the work of the club: “The club is present, always supports us, is close to us and gives us all possible support – assures the Rossoneri coach -. It’s strength. of the team. Maldini, Massara and Gazidis live our way of working every day, they know when to intervene “. Pioli then retraces his career, starting from what prompted him to coach (“I was offered a contract as a team manager for a first team, but I wanted to stay on the field”), to continue with the various experiences that have given him “taught a lot, both the positive and the negative ones”. One of the things he learned is “never go and explain my choices to the players, they know that I try to field the best team. Obviously my door is always open, if they want explanations, they can come”.

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Ibra leader

Pioli says he didn’t set a goal when he started this job, but he knows it’s different now: “I coach Milan which is one of the most prestigious clubs in the world, it’s clear that the visibility is much higher. But I needed mine. stages “. Finally, the Rossoneri coach has words of great esteem for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “What to say before the game (and after the game) is one of the most important things – he reflects -, but now I don’t say anything more after the matches. Since Ibrahim has been there, I even less in the locker room … After the game we are not much lucid, unless there are special things I never intervene, I wait for the next day “. Having said that the Swede is not the only leader (“I have more players who speak before the game and I am very attentive to what they say”), he certainly deserves a separate chapter: “He has a mentality and an inner strength … Despite everything he has done, he still wants to prove that he is a champion, a protagonist, just see how he is working to overcome difficulties and pains. Inside he has an incredible motivation that he transmits to everyone. What surprised me is was his great intelligence and his sensitivity in entering calmly into a group that was not yet formed. Zlatan demands a lot from himself and for this reason he also demands a lot from others. He raises the level and the others recognize him as a companion who it can make them grow. “

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Pioli: “Ibra improves the others. Since he’s been around, I’ve been less in the locker room”