Pioli Solidifies His Position with Win over Newcastle

Milan defeated Newcastle United in their final Champions League group stage game and, while it didn’t suffice to go through due to their previous results, the showing was convincing enough to buy Stefano Pioli more time, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

The gaffer was instrumental in the comeback with his subs, trusting newcomers who have flattered to deceive so far. Samuel Chukwueze, Noah Okafor, and Luka Jovic made a good impact off the bench.

The arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic could help out Pioli a little, as the two are very close. The Milan management wasn’t seriously considering a coaching change, but a rough misstep would have heightened the doubts regarding the coach’s permanence. The squad never stopped following him.

The Rossoneri were much more cynical at St. James’ Park, scoring and hitting the post twice on four shots. They have often fired blanks throughout the season, raking up imprecise attempts. Despite the disappointment of the elimination, trying to win the Europa League will be a concrete objective for the club.

Our Take on Milan and Pioli

The damage was already done, and the final match wasn’t all that meaningful, if not for the third position. They need to go on a run to seriously re-enter the title fray, but they are firmly in the top four. Drastic changes will only happen if they slip closer to fifth or sixth place. But they should be on the up-and-op with Rafael Leao and perhaps Simon Kjaer returning.

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