Stefano Pioli wants Milan to ‘start the next season with this mentality, hunger and belief’ because sixth place will no longer be acceptable.
The Rossoneri did better than any other Serie A side since the restart, amassing nine wins and three draws, which proved enough to earn him the job for next season too.
“It’s a very positive tally, we can start the next season with this mentality, hunger and belief that we have developed,” said Pioli in his press conference after a 3-0 victory over Cagliari.
“We’ve made huge leaps forward since January. It wasn’t just the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but also Simon Kjaer that raised the level of the squad, along with everyone working together. Now we must consolidate what we’ve done and focus on improving. I don’t think we could be happy at finishing sixth next season.
“Going forward, we need 22 first choice players, because we cannot just have a midfield made up of two people, there have to be valid alternatives on the bench.”
Giacomo Bonaventura won’t be one of them, as he played his final game in the Milan jersey and was seen crying in the centre circle alone after the final whistle.
“Jack was a very important player, a great professional, a hard worker and very fond of Milan. I thank him for all that he has done.”
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