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Pioli deems his Milan team “not good enough”

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AC Milan is in a slump this season, and they appointed Stefano Pioli to try and solve the issue for the Rossoneri.

Pioli will lead the team again on Thursday, as the former Fiorentina manager is looking for his first win in the third match at the helm in Milan against SPAL.

The mid-week fixture could be a great opportunity for the Milanese team to get back on track.

They must start winning, too – the team is just three points above the relegation zone, constantly putting in underwhelming performances.

“We have to be realistic and admit this is not a positive moment for us, but we are better than what we showed on Sunday,” Pioli talked in the press conference, as quoted by Sports Max.

“There’s time to improve our standings and I want people who are fired up, motivated and want to prove themselves.

“If we are in this position, it means we’ve made mistakes. I need to see players who won’t hold back.

“It’s important to take it one game at a time, with the right battling spirit. We want to be the best when it comes to spirit and determination.

“If anyone has fears, it’s time to put them to one side. There is much to be done, but if we believe in ourselves, then anything is possible.”

It’s clear that Pioli calls for bravery from his team. One of the main scapegoats for Milan fans this season was Suso.

However, Pioli defended his winger, saying:

“I have no doubts on Suso’s quality. It’s wrong to blame all of Milan’s difficulties on just one player. Everyone must give more,” he added.

“We want to build out from the back, but the problem against Roma was the lack of movement, which meant we had few passing options open for team-mates.

“We need to be more concentrated and make the right choice at the right time.

“The fans are not stupid – they can tell when a team is playing with the right spirit and effort.

“It’s up to us to get the fans on our side. Playing good football represents an advantage, but if there’s a characteristic we need in these next few games, it’s spirit.”

Finally, the manager criticized Leao for his recent performances.

“I chose Rafael against Roma and frankly expected more from him in that game. They could play together.

“I have to make the right choices at this moment for the team.”