AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli was pleased with his team’s performance after they go back to winning ways against Atalanta
AC Milan managed to get a vital 2-0 win over rivals Atalanta, marking their fourth consecutive win in all competition. Pioli claimed that “we finally played with the energy I recognize from my players.”
Pioli lauds intense Milan
AC Milan are level on points with second-placed Inter Milan after they managed to defeat Atalanta in a night that saw Zlatan back in action. A Musso own-goal scored on a brilliant volley from Hernandez as well as a second by Messias sealed the game for Pioli’s men.
“We had won the other three games 1-0, but can’t always hope to keep a clean sheet, so we should’ve finished it earlier,” Pioli told DAZN.
“It was a great performance and finally we played with the energy I recognise from my players. That is the most important aspect. We needed to have a sense of consistency, as we had never won four in a row this season, and we know the difficulties of facing a side like Atalanta.
“We worked as a team, played with intensity“
“We worked as a team, played with intensity, sacrificed ourselves and kept the ball well too. I saw only positives today, but it’s a long season still and we need more points to secure a top four spot.”
AC Milan seem to be back on track after having a horrendous January, being kicked out of the Coppa Italia, losing the Supercoppa Italiana to Inter and struggling in the league.
“Unfortunately, nothing happened, in that we had no doubts or problems on the unity of the side. Otherwise it would’ve been easy to have a meeting and talk it out. The fact is, some defeats sapped us of confidence and enthusiasm, but now we have regained all those elements. Positive results help everything go better, it’s that simple.” Pioli added.
“We will never be unbeatable, but we are back to playing with our characteristics and our attitude, so with a better chance of winning games.”