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Report: Pioli needs more from his team

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Stefano Pioli wants more from his entire team, and if he gets it anything is possible at AC Milan.

AC Milan got the victory that new manager Stefano Pioli so desired, but it was by no means a vintage performance.

The only goal of the win over SPAL came from Suso, who has come in for some harsh criticism from his own fans of late.

Spaniard Suso came off the bench in the 57th minute and bagged the winner six minutes later.

This was the first win for Pioli, and while his side improved he knows it will take more to keep the run going.

In a post-match interview reported by Football Italia, he acknowledges that the result was hard-fought.

He said:

“I asked the lads for the right spirit, we gave away little and created chances.”

“It’s a shame we kept the result in the balance until the end, but winning through suffering can do us good, also for the match against Lazio.”

Pioli was happy with Suso’s performance, but he needs team players, not individuals right now.

He added:

“Suso has great quality, he can do more and I’m happy to coach him.”

“But we have to think as a team. You don’t win or lose because of just one player.”

Pioli has a young squad that needs to mature and develop quickly. He is of the opinion if they can do that the sky’s the limit.

He continued:

“SPAL found it difficult to hold out for 90 minutes. In the second half, they lowered their center of gravity and we played with more clarity.”

“The team can grow and, if they do, anything is possible.”

“There are some difficult matches coming up, but we’ll have to face them with no fear.”

Milan faces Lazio, Juventus, and Napoli before the end of November. If they can come out of those three games with anything, then Pioli may be onto something.

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MILAN, ITALY – OCTOBER 31: AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli and Fernandez Suso celebrate a victory at the end of the Serie A match between AC Milan and SPAL at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 31, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)