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Pioli: “I’m focused on the details”

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After Marco Giampaolo failed to make an impact at AC Milan, Stefano Pioli was hired to steady the ship for Maldini & Boban.

Former Fiorentina and Inter manager is famous for making a short-term impact.

However, he was unable to make a difference in the long run for the Italian giants.

ACF Fiorentina v Torino FC - Serie A
FLORENCE, ITALY – MARCH 31: Stefano Pioli manager of ACF Fiorentina looks on during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on March 31, 2019 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

The timing for Pioli was perfect, as international break collided with his arrival. This gave him the time needed to think about fresh ideas.

Talking in a press conference ahead of the match, according to Football Italia, Pioli said:

“We haven’t had many days to work together, but the important thing will be proving we’ve got clear ideas in tomorrow’s game,” he said.

“We’ve got to get to know each other. My method is focused on the details, from recovery exercises to diet, all to bring us advantages on the field and let us play to the best of our abilities.

“I didn’t ask players what went wrong, just that we are starting a new journey together.

“I think the team needed ideas, knowing what positions to take and the intensity of the tempo, so that’s what we are working on.

“We abolished the pre-game training camp overnight stay in order to give players responsibility for their professional approach.

“After all, retreats aren’t what they used to be, now there’s no team bonding when everyone is on their phone.”

Asked about why he accepted the position, Pioli replied:

“I thought that I was going to a prestigious club with a great history, so it’s an honour to be here.

“If you are in charge of Milan, playing at San Siro must be added motivation rather than a worry.

“I feel that I am prepared for a job like this. I wasn’t 20 years ago, which is why I made the most of even the negative experiences in order to improve myself.

“I’ll be 54 years old tomorrow and I think I have the maturity to work at this level.”