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Pioli: “Constructive meeting with Cardinale. Injury emergency? We will improve”

The Rossoneri coach introduced the game against Frosinone: “Kjaer will not be available. When Simic plays? I won’t tell you… We’ll improve the injuries.” After 7 months, Bennacer was called up

From our correspondent Marco Pasotto

– Milanello (Varese)

The aim is to organize another lunch with Cardinale with lighter and tastier dishes. Because the menu the other day at Milanello, when Pioli sat at the table with the RedBird number one, was not the most delicious: the European collapse, the massacre of the injured, the terrible advances of the devil in the last two months. The number makes a certain impression: in the ten games – between the cup and the championship – in October and November, Milan only won three times. And for just as many he fell at home. Welcome to the new month, one might say, although the battle with the infirmary will obviously continue and it is an unequal battle from which the devil has so far emerged defeated. The last few hours show that Kjaer will not make it and that next Saturday everything possible will be done for Leao (“we will do everything,” says Pioli) for Atalanta. The good news is Bennacer’s return to the squad after almost seven months.


“As far as injuries go, I’m sure we’ll make progress soon, we’ll certainly be better in a few weeks,” assures Pioli, referring to the Rossoneri’s most sensitive issue of the season. This is also an issue on the agenda in the confrontation with Cardinale. A meeting that the coach described as “very positive and constructive, an additional motivation for my work and for the work of the team”, with Pioli also clarifying an important aspect regarding Maldini: “I will always be grateful to him and to Massara. “ After I was brought here, I have always worked positively with them. Thank you Maldini, thank you Massara, but I am not alone, I have always been supported and supported by the club. I don’t feel alone and here are all the conditions to function well, for me and for the players.”


It is then clear that for the coach, responsibility comes with the role, for better or for worse. “The manager’s responsibility is always there. It depends on how much you give him in case of failure and success. However, budgets are limited at the moment, it’s still early days. There are still 25 games left and if any of us here believe that, then if he can’t reach Inter and Juve in 25 games, he wouldn’t have appeared on the field on Thursday. We have the opportunity to have an excellent season. The compactness of the entire environment is an added value. We have to have a high level. In terms of the game, we want to give continuity to the victory with Fiorentina. To regain enthusiasm and positivity, you have to win games and deliver real, serious performances with intensity and quality.” And trust that the youngest will respond to the appeal. Pioli won’t reveal whether Simic will actually make his debut in defense tomorrow, but in the meantime he says about him: “He already worked with us in the summer, he is an attentive, agile, physical defender, I saw him calmly and we .” accompany him in the right way. Then if you play from the beginning, I won’t tell you. Behind the scenes we have also tried something that you don’t know, we have solutions to be a balanced team in all departments tomorrow. Camarda? He hasn’t changed the way he works, and his comrades have done the same.”

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