Leao remains, De Ketelaere is ready and in attack he will play one between Origi and Giroud: these are the indications of Stefano Pioli on the eve of the match against Bologna. Milan returns to San Siro after the draw against Atalanta which left a bad taste in the mouth of the Rossoneri. “The team is not happy with the result – admits Pioli, in the conference – we lacked a little something and we have to play it tomorrow against an opponent who was last able to take away the victory last year”. The head of the coach is only at the championship. The market, now in its final stages, is not a distraction. The rumors of sensational sales do not worry him. “Leao has to think about continuing to improve, he has a potential that allows him. I’m not coaching a player I think I’m losing, also because his attitudes go in a completely different direction”, he explains bluntly. And for the expected reinforcement in midfield, the formula is always the same: if the conditions are right, Milan will be ready. But a pebble Pioli takes it off: “For Kessie I remember that last year you reminded me of his performance not up to him and now we regret it …”.
But now the coach just wants to think about winning against Bologna, because the first tour de force will start tomorrow with seven games in twenty-one days. And since it will be necessary to manage the energies, tomorrow could be the game of De Ketelaere’s debut as a starter. “I trust him, he has great potential, he can be ready to start from the beginning – says Pioli – he needs time but he is very intelligent and I am sure he will give us a lot of satisfaction”. He will then return to the tip of the role with the ballot between Origi and Giroud. “This year there are no starters. I train a team of starters. We need everyone.” First Bologna, then Sassuolo in the midweek round, the derby, Sampdoria and Napoli. Direct clashes and treacherous matches, waiting for the Champions League and a group that leaves Milan and Pioli satisfied. “It’s far from last year, we were starting in the first tier this time. But the concrete basis from which to start is that the Champions League demands high-level performances, played to the maximum and therefore if we can put this into play, we would have the our cards to play. One game at a time, we will face it with great enthusiasm to show that last year we used experience “. Step by step, the strategy that worked well last year, to be replicated in the most complicated season ever. And the next step is Bologna and a San Siro still towards a full house to celebrate.