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Pioli: “I’d like to play positive and entertaining football”

New AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli reveals he “wants to play positive and entertaining football” and understands that the aim is to get the side back in the Champions League.

The Coach also admits that his approach will be different to that of Marco Giampaolo and that no player has a guaranteed place in the starting lineup.

“I’m preparing myself for this adventure with a lot of enthusiasm, passion and conviction,” the former Fiorentina boss told the club’s official website. “I know that I’ve received the call from a great club, one of the most prestigious in the world. I’m sure that I can do a great job here because we have a good team and good players.

“I’d like to play a style of football that the team enjoys; positive and entertaining football which brings the best out of our players. Football with both quality and intensity. A lot will stem from our attitude and performance in defence, then also from our aggression further forward and our ability to win back the ball. I feel mature, I’m a professional who wants to do well at AC Milan.

“I have new ideas which are different to those of Giampaolo and I’ll have to be good at conveying them both well and quickly. The biggest focuses for me are: ideas, intensity and a willingness to take risks. The characteristics of my players are well-suited to the way I play football.

“I’ll have to work on everything, from the players’ heads to their positioning on the pitch. The next few days will be vitally important in order to be ready as soon as possible for the game against Lecce. I don’t concern myself with numbers, what’s important is having a precise identity. Now I’ll look more at Lecce than Milan’s games in the past, also because we’ll be missing several players who are in action with their national teams. We have to prepare the best we can. This game is a must-win.”

“I always think positive. We’re AC Milan and we will always fight to get the best results. There are difficulties that exist but they must be faced and overcome through hard work with quality and intensity. We have to become a united and cohesive team as soon as possible.

“I feel like a teacher, my goal will be to bring the best out of every one of my players. No one’s spot is guaranteed, everyone will have to feel involved and give their all every day. We have all the ingredients to make it happen: from the club to the facilities to the players.”

“I’ve watched every Milan game this season. I’m very demanding with myself and with my players, I won’t tolerate any lack of desire or ambition. Only through work and sacrifice can you achieve great things.

Together we will have to give everything, because there’s also almost an entire league campaign where we can bounce back. Time may be an enemy but it’s also an ally and we have to make the most out of every single moment we have. We have to fight for Champions League qualification. It will take courage, and we’re well aware that there are several other strong teams competing for the same thing.”

“I have a lot of respect for the fans and they have the right to criticise. But for me this will be an extra incentive to do even better. I never have and I still don’t use social media, I prefer to deal with people who look you in the eye when they tell you things. We’ll have to be at our best to win back our fans.”

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