Stefano Pioli has warned that Milan should not feel sorry for themselves after a 3-0 Serie A loss to Lazio and expects them to react strongly to the abandonment of the top four.
Joaquin Correa scored twice and Ciro Immobile added a third final as Lazio increased their chances of qualifying for the Champions League at Stadio Olimpico on Monday.
Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi was able to celebrate a 10th consecutive top-flight home victory in his first return to the sideline since recovering from the coronavirus.
Milan, on the other hand, have suffered back-to-back defeats and are in fifth place with five games remaining – tied on points with Napoli and Juventus.
Lazio are five points behind the Rossoneri with a game in hand and Pioli challenged his side to roll up their sleeves in the battle for a place in Europe’s premier club competition after an outright loss to his former club .
He told Sky Italia: “I expected more from the team, we have the technical and physical qualities to do better.
“The game got complicated at 2-0 and I don’t see how the tackle on Calha [Hakan Calhanoglu before Correa’s second goal] couldn’t be a fault.
“Now we have to show that we are as strong as I think we are, we have to react immediately because it is a heavy defeat.”
Defeated at the Olimpico.
– AC Milan (@acmilan) April 26, 2021
Asked about the extent of the challenge his team faces in the quest for a place in the Champions League, he replied: “The opponents are strong but we are here and we have nothing to complain about ourselves. , we know what we need to do. do. “
Pioli says Milan need to get on the training ground and show the right mentality with so much at stake.
“There have been tactical things that have worked and have not worked and need to be improved,” said the Milan head coach. “I know that I have an intelligent team, although young, with a great character. I expect a major reaction.
Pirlo has revealed that he is hopeful striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns from his injury against Benevento at San Siro on Saturday.
UEFA revealed on Monday that the Swedish star, who signed a new one-year deal with Milan last week, was under investigation for “suspected financial interest in a betting company.”