It's the eve of a very important fixture for the Rossoneri: AC Milan v Manchester United, a match scheduled for 21:00 CET on Thursday 18 March at San Siro. Stefano Pioli held a press conference from Milanello.
THE EUROPA LEAGUE
"All of the games we've played have improved us and helped us to grow. However, the results is the important thing tomorrow and we want to progress against a strong opponent. We need to go for the win. Everyone likely joined to be here, but we must not rest. As Kjær said, we've done well until now be we'd be disappointed if we reached the end of the season empty-handed."
"Bennacer and Ibra are in the squad and available. I'm happy with their recovery. Having Zlatan back is huge; he doesn't have 90 minutes in the legs but we'll see tomorrow. We'll need to wait and see with the others; tomorrow morning's training session will be key for Romagnoli, Rebić, Calabria and Leão. The more options I have, the better - especially because we are playing so many games. In any case, we've shown that we can do well even during injury crises."
THE IMPORTANCE OF IBRA
"Zlatan's arrival last January - along with Kjær - improved the squad in terms of depth and resilience on the pitch. I don't know if he was good at Sanremo, I didn't watch it, but he's an absolute champion on the üitch and we all expect a lot from him until the end of the season."
MANCHESTER UTD AWAY FROM OLD TRAFFORD
"The difficulties will all be there; we know how good they are and what they bring to the table. They haven't lost a game in a while and we'll need to play with a lot of quality, personality and rhythm if we want to go through."
AFTER AC MILAN V NAPOLI
"Those situations involving Gigio, Theo and Rebić can happen. It was a nervy and difficult game but we can't have a repeat performance. We need to learn to be a bit more rational."
THE RESULT FROM THE FIRST LEG
"When you prepare for games, you look at the big picture but it's hard to make exact predictions. In the first leg, they tried to be aggressive and we played out from the back really well. The result at Old Trafford shouldn't affect us. Tomorrow, we can't dictate the game; we need to be compact, balanced and dangerous."
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