Stefano Pioli spoke to DAZN ahead of the new season.
After winning the Scudetto last season, Milan are now preparing for the new campaign, which starts on August 13.
Ahead of the new year, coach Stefano Pioli sat down for an interview with DAZN, as reported by Milannews.it today:
“It was a good summer with my family and friends. I saw around many people with Milan jerseys asking me for a picture. It was all really nice and exciting. This enthusiasm gave me pleasure, we engaged all the Popolo Rossonero who needed to experience such a moment.”
On Milanello: “It’s a great environment, it’s ideal for working because everything is there. It’s also a beautiful place to look at.”
On the new season: “It’s unique and special. We will play so many games between now and November. It will be an intense season, we will need to prepare as best as we can. The first 3 months will affect the rest of the season a lot. We need to work at our best.”
On the decisive moment in the Scudetto: “I would say the Derby in the second round. We managed to turn it around and it was important not only for the standings, but also because it gave us a big confidence boost. From there on, we had a top-notch second round.”
On the squad: “We have to demand the maximum from everyone, including me. You play on Sunday the way you train during the week and you have to train during the week the way you want to play on Sunday. We have clear principles of play, our game is very-much based on intensity. Intensity, pace, quality and talent should never be lacking at any time in training. I don’t think we were the best [last season], but we were the best in the season finale. We deserved the Scudetto.”
On his moment: “I feel good. I have great enthusiasm. I like what I do and I like doing it especially here. I have always said that when I entered Milanello I immediately felt something special. I know that when I am well, I can do everything.”
On the ‘Pioli is on fire’ chants: “It’s beautiful. It’s very emotional. It gives me a lot of pressure. I always had a hard time holding back when I heard that chant, I only let go at the last match at San Siro. It was right to celebrate with them even though we were still missing the last step.”
On the moment of Milan: “The fact that the credibility around the team has changed is evident. Despite our positive results, no one believed in us. I repeated this often to my guys. Many were giving others as favorites for the Scudetto and about us they said we lacked experience or ruthlessness in some matches. A Coach must know how to give certain stimuli. Success can change people but it didn’t happen to us. On the contract, we understood how important it is to prepare well, how difficult it is to win and what it takes to stay on top. I see the guys even more ready and more prepared. I am convinced that our cycle has just begun.”
On his mother who used to complain he never won anything: “She keeps it all inside, but she is proud and happy with this Scudetto. It’s been an engaging year for everyone. I don’t think she will come to San Siro, she is something who can’t watch the last minutes of games at home.”