AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli has expressed his happiness after his side claims crucial away win despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic red card.
The Rossoneri had a great first half that saw two goals from Ante Rebic and Franck Kessie before a rough second half. Despite the rough second half that saw Zlatan got a red card, Milan held on to take home three points.
Speaking after the game, Pioli expressed his pleasure that the team bounced back from a bad result against Sampdoria.
“I like it when my players reflect our feelings. With Sampdoria, we didn’t play as AC Milan and we wanted to show we can do better. He wasn’t an easy opponent to face. We messed up the game a bit but we took home an important victory,” Pioli said.
“The numbers are there and it is strange. We are analyzing this thing. As there are no fans, neither at home nor away, the matches are similar,” he added.
Pioli insists the goal is to have the team back to Champions League football. He claims AC Milan only focuses on the next game at a time.
“What matters is to keep the points average because we want to bring Milan back to the Champions League. That is the goal because there are many strong opponents. Now there are 8 games to go but we’re only thinking about Genoa,” Pioli claims.
Despite the Red card, AC Milan held on the lead to take home the crucial three points. Fabio Maresca gave Ibrahimovic a red card after what looked like he offender him. Milan coach Pioli expressed his happiness after his side stood up to claim the three-point.
“I talked to Zlatan and he told me that he absolutely did not offend him. He argued with the referee but did not disrespect him. Then I didn’t speak to Maresca and I don’t know his version,” Pioli explained.
“Ibra’s last sentence was ‘then you don’t care what I say’. It is clear that after his expulsion the game has changed. But my team has shown to fill this gap with a lot of determination and will,” he added.