AC Milan and Red Bull Salzburg played to a 1-1 tie Sunday night in Austria, and a point might not be such a bad outcome.
According to Tuttosport (via MilanNews), Milan faced a fierce yet organised Salzburg team that put Stefano Pioli’s side under pressure from the start, and the Rossoneri responded by being highly composed psychologically but less technically.
Pioli’s favourite term is ‘quality,’ and it’s something he’s constantly mentioned since taking over on the Milan bench, and after the game, he wanted to emphasise how important quality is in the Champions League.
“A good result, but we did not have a high level performance and if you do not raise the quality of plays and dangerous opportunities, you do not create the right chances and risks to suffer for it,” he said after the game.
Given that Chelsea lost to Dinamo Zagreb, the outcome could be favourable, but Pioli’s statements demonstrate his eagerness to learn from his mistakes and improve his squad.
Pioli’s philosophy has now been passed down to his players, as Sandro Tonali did not deviate too much from what his coach indicated in terms of the levels expected and requested.
“We wanted to win, the draw shouldn’t be enough. We stayed the whole game on the line without playing our best football, but without playing badly either,” he said.
Fikayo Tomori also echoed that: “We played well, but not at our level.” The Rossoneri know that they can and must do more, but they are young, strong and no doubt absolutely desperate to show their improvements next Wednesday against Dinamo Zagreb.
Scaroni to remain AC Milan President
Scaroni was considered as one the contenders to replace Vincenzo Novari after American investment company RedBird Capital completed a €1.2 billion (£1 billion/$1.2 billion) takeover of AC Milan.
But Scaroni quashed rumours of a possible move to Milan Cortina 2026 as he looks to remain at the Serie A club.
“I like Milan, I like Cortina, I like the Olympics, but I have so many commitments that I see it as an impossible operation,” said Scaroni in a report by Italian publication PianetaMilan.
“When you have a position, then you also have to do things.
“How do I do with all the things I have to do?
“Will I remain President of Milan? Certainly. I am a Milan fan and I had some small satisfaction with Milan, we agree.”