Empoli-Milan, Pioli: “Krunic? It’s better to find another team. Okafor returns to Roma”

After victories against Sassuolo in the league and Cagliari in the Italian Cup, Stefano Pioli’s Milan seeks continuity against Empoli who are currently second to last in the standings. Here are the words of the Rossoneri coach on the eve of the trip to Tuscany:

“A decisive week for the Italian Cup and the championship begins in Empoli. Starting the week well would be important for many reasons. We must only be focused on tomorrow’s match.”

Su Krunic

“The reality is that at this moment it is better, for him and for us, that he is looking for another team. But it is absolutely not true that Krunic killed himself. I am the one who made choices because I saw that his performance was no longer what it was before.”

The point about the infirmary and the market

“I think we will have to wait another week to have the full attack, Okafor will be available against Roma, once available we have good resources and different characteristics, we are quite complete. Market? The managers are at work. They know that if we it will be an opportunity to improve and do something more, I think they will be ready.”

On training choices

“The choices made with Cagliari were made to put a balanced team on the field, which could win and which could give inspiration to those who played the most. I don’t think we can’t rotate, but I have to say that I’m not thinking about Atalanta or Roma but we are only focused on tomorrow. Then we will have two days of recovery which will allow me to make the best choices for the formation for Atalanta which could be the same as Empoli or different, it depends on how we emerge from Empoli in condition physical and psychological. The performance we gave in the Italian Cup means becoming a possibility for many young people, there could be room for them too.”

His Ibrahimovic

“He’s coming with us today. Ibra has already transferred a lot when he was one of my players. Ibra can transfer a lot.”

Su Jovic

“I’m lucky to have two center forwards like him, him and Giroud. The choices are never definitive given that one of the two will be ready to take over, either to play with his teammate or to replace him. I hope that both will continue to be two important points of reference and to make the team play well.”

On central Theo

“I believe that Theo is a very strong player, a very intelligent boy and with this move he is trying to extend his career. He has physical, technical and tactical skills so above average that he can play where he believes he can give his best. At the moment he feels this position and is doing very well and has made himself available in a difficult moment. He can play everywhere, it’s the classic example: when a player is motivated and positive you can play anywhere, if you have the ability, to help the team” .

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