AC Milan will be well taken care of by their new owners after the club’s recent takeover, coach Stefano Pioli said on Friday, as all eyes are on Saturday’s Milan derby in Serie A, the two teams missing key players.
US investment firm RedBird Capital has teamed up with the owners of the New York Yankees to complete the 1.2 billion euro ($1.2 billion) acquisition of Italian champions Milan, it said. announced Wednesday in a press release. “The owners will be at the stadium tomorrow, they will probably meet the team,” Pioli told a press conference.
“I met (RedBird founder Gerry) Cardinale, he made me very excited. (Former owner of the US private equity group) Elliott brought Milan back to the top and the new owner has the same ambitions. We we are in good hands.” Milan, who were held 0-0 at Sassuolo on Tuesday, will have a chance to take an important step towards building on last season’s success on Saturday, when a win over local rivals Inter could come close. prove crucial in his defense of the title.
Following Milan’s 2-1 win last February thanks to a brace from Olivier Giroud, Pioli’s side will be looking to win back-to-back games against Inter for the first time since 2011. “We all know each other well. two, so tomorrow we will see more or less the same players who played last season” said Pioli.
“A lot of times in the last editions Inter have won, but not necessarily because they outplayed us. They are dangerous from set pieces and on replays, so we will make decisions based on things like these.” no clear favorite. We must not lose focus for even a second. Effort, aggression and sacrifice will be necessary.”
While Inter will be without Romelu Lukaku, who suffered a thigh injury in training ahead of their 3-1 home win over Cremonese on Tuesday, Milan will be without defender Alessandro Florenzi, who suffered a serious muscle injury against Sassuolo. “We are disgusted by Florenzi’s injury. He is a leader on and off the pitch,” Pioli said. “We are still evaluating how to proceed in order to best manage his recovery.
“(Striker Divock) Origi is better but he will definitely start on the bench as he has only just come back.” Milan concluded their transfer activity with the arrival of two youngsters on loan on Thursday – midfielder Aster Vranckx from Vfl Wolfsburg and right-back Sergino Dest from Barcelona.
“We are quite congested in some areas, but it will be an intense season and we will need everyone,” said Pioli. “Dest? He has quality and pace, we got him to play at full-back but he has the right characteristics to play in other roles as well.
“Vranckx… combines quality and quantity, he has talent and is a perfect fit for our team.” Pioli added that he was never worried about the possible departure of striker Rafael Leao, who has attracted strong interest from Chelsea, British media reported.
“I always saw him fully involved and determined,” he said.
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