AC Milan tactician Stefano Pioli spoke up ahead of the duel against one of the best Premier League teams this season, Manchester United. For Pioli, the duel will be difficult but still exciting.
For information, AC Milan is one of the representatives of the Italian Serie A who managed to advance to the last 16 of the Europa League this season, after successfully eliminating Red Star Belgrade in the two legs of the last 32 round.
As for the round of 16, the Rossoneri will face a difficult opponent, namely Manchester United.
Indeed, Manchester United has since left Sir Alex Ferguson as a different club, in terms of achievement and performance. However, speaking of history, they have a good track record in the Europa League and even won in 2017.
In addition, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s club is also in a positive trend, where they have gone through 11 matches unbeaten in all competitions. Most recently, the Red Devils even managed to win 2-0 over Manchester City at the Etihad.
Meanwhile, comparing the performance, AC Milan itself has been inconsistent recently, therefore Pioli is aware that the duel against Manchester United will not be easy but still interesting.
“Now we have a difficult match against Manchester United. “It was a very difficult match but also exciting,” Pioli told Sky Sport Italia.
AC Milan actually had a chance to appear kicked off at the start of this season, but lately their performance seems to have decreased. Maybe this is because the majority of the team is filled with young players who have little experience.
“We are proud to have a young team, but we expect consistency and things are not easy. We know our qualities and our weaknesses. We are working to improve our quality and to solve some of the problems we face, ”
“We see ourselves as we always do. We are aware of our quality and this season is still long and difficult, “said Pioli.
The first leg of AC Milan against Manchester United will take place on March 12, 2021 at Old Trafford.