World News – GB – Pioli reveals he was ‘always sure’ Milan could win as he reflects on incredible night in Portugal


AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli insisted he never doubted his squad despite being so close to being knocked out on several occasions

Milan couldn’t have made life more difficult for themselves, but they found a way past Rio Ave and advance to the Europa League group stages

Alexis Saelemaekers opened the scoring for the Rossoneri in the second half, but goals from Geraldes in normal time and Gelson Dala early in extra time left Milan behind until the 120th minute

A drama that hit as a penalty was awarded for the handball sent by Hakan Calhanoglu, then an absolutely incredible penalty shootout ensued in which Rio Ave rejected three winning shots as Milan battled for win 9-8

Pioli was interviewed by Milan TV after the match, which will surely be dubbed « Tonight in Portugal »

« The penalties are a lottery but the boys earned it for the effort, for all the work that was done, obviously I’m satisfied, » he said (via MilanNews)

« I was always sure that the boys could cancel the deficit. Then in the penalty shoot-out, they had the opportunity to close it three times, the hope was there

« It would have been a shame, that was the first seasonal goal of a course started last year. Guys know better than I do that there are situations in which you have to be more efficient You start to feel fatigue is an excellent result « 

On fatigue, he added: « Positive results help recover sooner The band will never be a problem again, it’s a band that works well, is doing well

« We don’t think we’re the best in the world or in Italy, we aim to be competitive at the highest level, we can improve »

On Colombo: “I gave Lorenzo a pat on the back, I told him it was his merit that we got the penalty in the 120th minute, he hit the right ball. ‘was an important exercise « 

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World news – GB – Pioli reveals he was « always sure » Milan could win as he reflected on the incredible night in Portugal



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