Milan are inches away from winning their first Scudetto since 2010/11 and head coach Stefano Pioli wants his side to prove they’re the best against Hellas Verona. Coming into the last three rounds that Rossoneri were leaders in Serie A but need to win at Bentegodi to retain their place at the top.
Although Inter’s 4-2 win over Empoli on Friday helped Simone Inzaghi’s side regain top spot in the Serie A table, Milan have an opportunity to restore their two-point lead away at Verona on Sunday . Pioli’s side fought back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat the game gialloblu 3-2 at the San Siro in the return, suggesting Sunday’s visit to Bentegodi could prove difficult.
Verona are on course for a third straight Serie A campaign in the first half after suffering one defeat in their last six league games (W3 L2). With seventh-placed Fiorentina four points away, Igor Tudor’s side could still secure long-awaited European qualifiers, meaning Milan will have work to do at Bentegodi.
Rafael Leao’s late winner gave Milan a crucial 1-0 home win over Fiorentina last weekend, extending their Serie A winning streak to three games. However, there is no room for complacency in the Rossoneri camp as Pioli expects his men to approach the game with the right attitude.
“It’s our attitude. We and Verona score a lot of goals from the very beginning of the game, the approach to the game will be important even if the game is long. As always, we’ll try to change traits through substitutions throughout the game,‘ he said when forwarded TUTTOmercato WEB.
Pioli urged Milan to follow the lead of Real Madrid, who made a stunning comeback midweek to lead Manchester City to the Champions League final. The Italy coach stressed Madrid’s spirit as the key ingredient in the impressive semi-final comeback against Europe’s most intimidating side.
“We have the Champions League semifinals in mind, which Real won with heart, mind and mentality, so you have to get the maximum out of every game.“