Pioli Shrugs Off Milan Criticism Ahead of Lecce Encounter

Following two successive winless matches, including their elimination from the Coppa Italia, Stefano Pioli has shrugged off criticisms arriving his way, saying Milan are bound to be put under the microscope as reigning Scudetto holders.

Speaking ahead of the Rossoneri’s visit to the Stadio Comunale Via del Mare to face Lecce, Pioli diverted critical talk.

“I think it’s normal that there is a more critical eye towards us because we won the Scudetto and played good football. We are the first to always want to do better. The criticisms are there after the last two games because we didn’t win.” (via MilanNews)

Apart from Serie A, Pioli also shed light on the upcoming Supercoppa Italiana final against Inter.

The season is long, it won’t even end tonight after Napoli-Juventus. The Super Cup is an immediate and important goal for us. The championship is still long, let’s not forget how many points we had in mid-February last year. In terms of points, we want to do better than last year.”

Unbeaten in their last five Serie A games, Lecce are up next for the Rossoneri. However, Milan are themselves unbeaten in their last eight league meetings with Lecce (W5, D3), scoring 20 goals in the process.

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