MILAN, Italy (Reuters) – AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli has referred to as on his facet to show their spectacular Champions League performances into outcomes because the seven-time European Cup winners head into Wednesday’s journey to Atletico Madrid needing to win in any respect prices.
Competing of their first Champions League competitors since 2013-14, Milan sit backside of Group B with one level from 4 matches, 4 factors behind second-placed Porto, who journey to already-qualified leaders Liverpool on Wednesday.
Milan have put in some notable shows – going toe-to-toe with Liverpool at Anfield earlier than shedding 3-2, whereas two late objectives earned Atletico a 2-1 win at San Siro – however Pioli is aware of they want outcomes to qualify for the knockout levels.
“We’re hardened for this, constructed to be aggressive,” he informed a information convention on Tuesday. “For a lot of gamers it is the primary time within the Champions League. We have discovered opponents of the best stage, however we have proven we aren’t too removed from them.
“We’re conscious that we have all the time lacked somewhat one thing when it mattered most. We have to know for tomorrow night time that we have to carry out with high quality and a focus within the two penalty areas, in any other case the efficiency is nugatory.
“My job in getting ready the workforce for tomorrow is sort of easy: it’s the final likelihood to remain within the Champions League.”
Milan have began the Serie A season in tremendous kind, going unbeaten of their opening 12 video games.
They did undergo their first league defeat of the marketing campaign in a 4-3 thriller nL1N2SB0GT at Fiorentina on Saturday however Pioli doesn’t imagine that may have an enormous impact on his workforce.
“We misplaced in Florence as a result of within the two penalty areas we weren’t as exact as prior to now,” he added.
“We had much less focus and high quality than standard. It is not a query of strategy, we now have performed higher than different video games.
“Sadly we did not rating, however that is soccer.”
(Reporting by Peter Corridor; Modifying by Ken Ferris)