Ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Inter, Milan boss Stefano Pioli has stated that he could be the happiest manager in the world or the most disappointed manager in the world today.
Goals from Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan handed Inter a solid 2-0 win in the first leg, which saw Rafael Leao not start and Ismael Bennacer sustain a long-term injury. Leao is now back, with Bennacer out for the next six months. But Milan have a mountain to climb.
Ahead of the second leg, Pioli spoke to Sky about the preparations for the clash and the Italian stated: : “There is the desire to perform at the height of our abilities and win the match. Leao is doing very well, he is motivated. Bennacer is missing, we will play with another attacking midfielder.
“We have to be dangerous, compact and score goals. The start is important, but the game is long. I slept well last night. Tonight, I could be the happiest manager in the world or the most disappointed one.”
The first leg was the first time that Milan lost to an Italian team in European competition but it helped Inter create history. As this season is only the third when the Nerazzurri have beaten the Rossoneri three times in the same campaign. They could do that for the fourth time in the same season, if they win later today.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN