Stefano Pioli is cautious about a potential comeback from Jose Mourinho’s Roma as AC Milan aims to get back to winning ways.
AC Milan suffered elimination from the Coppa Italia quarter-finals against Atalanta on Wednesday night, while Roma faced a derby defeat by Lazio, resulting in their exit from the competition.
While Pioli’s Milan holds a more favorable position in the league, he cautions his team against Roma: “We have to recover straight away, we have to do it for own good and for the fans.
“We are Milan – criticism is part of the game. From day one I’ve always made sure my players are in the best condition possible to express themselves.
“We’re in the second half of the season now and we have to do even better than we did in the first half, making sure we at least guarantee ourselves third place.
“If we can then achieve even more then we will try and do our best but that isn’t entirely up to us. We have to prove we can improve significantly.
“I’m expecting an open and competitive match in which we’ll have to produce a high-level performance and win all our one-on-one battles.
“Roma are experienced, physical and organised. They don’t concede many and know how to hurt you whether going forward or from dead balls.
“Mourinho is a top boss and you can always tell it’s a big match when he heaps praise on his opponent.”