Stefano Pioli noticed many positives as Milan beat Bodø/Glimt 3-2 within the Europa League, and said ‘had we controlled the two-goal lead extra in moderation and with high quality, we might have suffered much less’.
Milan complex to the play-off spherical of the Europa League preliminaries, the place they’ll face Rio Ave clear of house.
They reached this feat due to a 3-2 win at San Siro over Bodø/Glimt. The Norwegian outfit proved to be an excessively tough opponent for Milan, who struggled a great deal from time to time in spite of of typically being in regulate of the sport.
Kasper Junker (15′), Hakan Çalhanoğlu (16′, 50′), Lorenzo Colombo (32′) and Jens Petter Hauge (55′) scored the targets, because the Diavolo performed with out Zlatan Ibrahimović who’s sure for COVID-19.
“It’s customary to endure in some of these video games, on Wednesday I mentioned that we had been up in opposition to a staff in excellent form, I wasn’t making excuses,” Pioli informed MilanTV after the sport. “Without reference to the total high quality of the Norwegian league, they’re unbeaten in 20 video games and that signifies that have qualities. Added to that, all 3 in their forwards have reached double digits this season and on Thursday they proved to be superb avid gamers. I believe we did really well to stick calm and picked up after going below, we had been controlling the event however the first mistake price us a target.
“Alternatively, we didn’t set up the sport neatly after we had been 3-1 up, at that time had we controlled the two-goal lead extra in moderation and with high quality, we might have suffered much less. I consider that those hard-fought wins are excellent for us, they assist us develop, on Thursday we fielded an excessively younger staff however we had the correct spirit. We didn’t play our highest recreation from a technical point of view, we out of place passes on which we’re generally extra actual however I’m happy even supposing we all know there may be numerous paintings to be accomplished. We’ll paintings at the scenarios we wish to make stronger, however the one factor we in point of fact will have to have have shyed away from was once their ultimate likelihood as a result of their 2nd was once all the way down to their very own skill, within the build-up and completing. Whilst on their first likelihood, we in point of fact risked and will have to’ve accomplished higher.
“The staff recreation? I believe there have been numerous positives as a result of we persisted to create possibilities and put avid gamers on target quite a lot of occasions. We knew they prefer to stick tight so we transfer performed so much particularly within the first 1/2, while after we risked conceding on the finish it was once now not excellent in any respect, we will have to have dug deeper and marked our combatants tighter, however there’s something we will be told from and make stronger on in each recreation, in excellent and dangerous – so we will develop.
“Set-pieces? They had been considered one of our weaknesses remaining season, so we’re operating on them. The effects are beginning to display, even if I’ve to present credit score to my assistants as a result of Çalhanoğlu’s target was once considered all through the half-time damage, after seeing how they defended an in-swinging nook, in addition to Castillejo’s high quality in passing and Çalhanoğlu’s capturing. Those are obviously scenarios we wish to profit from as a result of they may be able to make a decision video games.
“Colombo? We’re all more than pleased for Colombo, it was once an surprising debut, crucial debut and to attain on his debut is the most productive we can have was hoping for. I’m satisfied for him, he’s in point of fact excited as he will have to be. He’s were given a excellent head on his shoulders, he is aware of he has numerous paintings to do however he’s very hard-working and humble. So, he’s environment the correct foundations to change into crucial participant.
“Europe? As we discovered issues regardless that on Thursday, issues will probably be identical within the upcoming video games, we completely should recuperate our power and the brand new arrivals should settle into our means of enjoying and achieve event health, as a result of they arrived later. We need to clench our tooth, we’ve were given an excessively tricky week forward people with two league suits and the remaining qualifier. We’re lacking numerous avid gamers so we should be sturdy, in a position and take issues one recreation at a time.”
Chatting with DAZN, Pioli mentioned: “If it was once vital to turn that the staff is aware of the best way to play additionally with out Ibra? Struggling is a part of those video games, it was once an opponent with very speedy forwards and that’s doing neatly. We did neatly to stick within the recreation after their target, lets’ve controlled issues higher after our two-goal lead.
“Enjoying with out a bodily striker? We wish to have objectivity. We’re speaking concerning the starting of the season, it’s the 3rd respectable event we play. Technically we can have accomplished higher but it surely’s now not a query of now not having a middle ahead. We had been excellent at gritting our tooth and we additionally had alternatives to move 4-2.
“Çalhanoğlu? Numerous the credit score is going to him, he’s a beneficiant participant with top quality, and he works for the staff. It’s tough to at all times be expecting two targets however I be expecting this kind of efficiency. He’s an outstanding man, he has the qualities to change into the protagonist.
“The absence of Ibra? We realized about it within the past due morning whilst we had been getting ready the lifeless balls, we changed him with a unique participant. However we have now our traits, we have now created so much however we had been much less compact than same old. The efficiency was once there.
“Colombo? He was once indubitably very excited and it confirmed. That’s a excellent factor, he’s an 18 yr outdated boy who is known as into motion proper ahead of kick-off. He had obligations. He’s an ideal man together with his head on his shoulders, the desire to paintings tough. It’s now not glaring to seek out younger folks with this perspective, he is aware of he should paintings tough to make stronger. I’m more than pleased that he was once in a position and scored, like he did within the pre-season suits.
“The difficulties of the fullbacks? They had been excellent at attaching the gap in the back of the fullbacks, at the open ball lets’ve been extra cautious and with the central avid gamers we needed to slide higher. It’s at all times tough to hide all the box neatly, however their ahead avid gamers of their league are all in double figures. We conceded from time to time but it surely’s an opponent that has created difficulties for us however it’s credit score for my staff that we’ve overtaken such an opponent. For this type of younger staff it’s crucial step.
“The combatants? It’s transparent that once they had been two targets down they driven the fullbacks ahead and their central avid gamers controlled to get numerical superiority in the midst of the pitch and that compelled us to chase away. Once we are quick we should be extra cautious, we gave away some possibilities.
“The truth that Beşiktaş were given knocked out via Rio Ave? It’s a proof that the suits are all tough. We knew it will be an excessively difficult get started, we had seven vital avid gamers out. Now we head to the event on Sunday and the play-off comes afterwards, it’s crucial purpose too.”
The trainer additionally spoke to Sky Italia: “We wish to keep within the recreation, we need to perceive the placement the place we need to make stronger. We suffered so much. If I’ve to reproach anything else then it’s the overall alternative we left to our combatants. I knew it’d be tough, we have now a squad in emergency with 7 avid gamers lacking.
“The stress? Those had been two particular days, I’ve to congratulate the staff as it was once now not simple to organize for this event. Realizing two positives [for COVID] inside the staff was once now not simple.
“Colombo? It’s a excellent tale for him and for Milan’s Adolescence Sector. I additionally favored how Maldini got here on. Colombo has very good qualities, he is aware of what he desires from him long term. It’s now not simple to seek out avid gamers like him and he has at all times to change into a ‘da Milan’.
“Ibra? He lived this revel in together with his same old boldness. We will’t know the way lengthy he has to avoid the pitch however we have now different suits now. We are hoping to make up for the ones absent all through the damage.
“The difficulties with out Zlatan? It’s customary that Ibra is our Champion. On Thursday we scored 3 targets and lets’ve scored two extra. As a trainer the extra avid gamers I’ve at my disposal the easier.
“Çalhanoğlu? I be expecting this sort of efficiency. He’s a contemporary and whole participant, he works tough and is at all times very to be had. He can change into the chief of this staff.”
Within the post-match press convention, Pioli said: “What do I bring to mind Bodø/Glimt? We knew we might stumble upon difficulties, they’re a proactive staff. The forwards have very good qualities. We knew we might endure and actually we did, however I believe we deserved the win.
“Is there any Bodø/Glimt participant that I favored particularly? Their wingers are high quality avid gamers, particularly Jens Petter Hauge. I used to be additionally inspired via the left central defender. They’re indubitably a excellent staff and actually they’re main the Norwegian league. We knew of the difficulties we might stumble upon and certainly there have been difficulties. We anticipated this sort of problem however we had been excellent at overcoming them.
“Who do I bring to mind Hauge? We noticed him neatly, realizing that he was once superb at each going within between the traces and leaping his guy at the wing. He’s without a doubt a Eu-level participant.
“Will Ibrahimović’s absence be the litmus check to end up that we don’t seem to be Ibra-dependent? This tale will at all times be there in any case. Zlatan is a participant who will at all times give us an added worth when he’s at the pitch. I don’t assume the staff is Ibra-dependent and on Thursday it was once now not. Then it should be emphasised that there have been many avid gamers lacking, now not handiest Ibra.
“What was once lacking in the second one 1/2? Some of the sure issues for me was once the nature. At 3-1, then again, for a second we idea we’d closed the sport. On the 3-2 target we conceded we had been in all probability scared. They’re a bit additional forward people with regards to health and so they created some difficulties for us.
“If Kjær has change into a pacesetter seeing he scolded Gabbia all through the sport? Simon has persona in him, he talks so much at the pitch. Confrontations like which can be at all times sure, we’d like this. We’re a tender staff.”