Fiorentina pulled the brake on Milan’s good form as Pioli’s men failed to capitalize on rivals’ slip-ups
AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli insisted that his team wasn’t focused on their clash against Tottenham in the Champions League as they lost to Fiorentina on Saturday.
The Rossonerri were defeated 2-1 with goals from Gonazlez and Jovic from Fiorentina. Hernandez managed to pull one back for Milan but it wasn’t enough to get a point in the end.
Pioli concedes that Fiorentina ‘played better’
The loss puts Milan’s place in the top four in jeopardy as Roma can close the three-point gap with a win against Juve. Milan are still in the champions ELague though, having won the first leg of their tie against Tottenham 1-0 at home.
When asked by Sky Sport Italia if Milan were already thinking about Tottenham, Pioli said: “No no no, that was absolutely not the case.
“Fiorentina played better than us, but not because we were thinking of Tottenham.
“We never thought of Tottenham. We had to do things better. It was a defeat that we didn’t want.”
Fiorentina managed to put an end to Milan’s four-game winning streak where they didn’t even concede a single goal.
“We prepared the match as if it were very important. Fiorentina did better than us in the first half in terms of quality and energy,” he added.
“We did better in the second half but the first half was not played well and we were punished.”
Despite still being in the top four, only Cremonese, Sampdoria and Salernitana (all six) have lost more Serie A matches than Milan’s four in 2023. However, Pioli expects his team to respond when they travel to London for the Spurs game.
“It will be a different match because tonight’s match doesn’t count,” he continued. “It will be two teams that will play at their best; Milan will certainly be ready.”