Stefano Pioli told that the dressing room photo of AC Milan‘ penalty shootout win against Portuguese club Rio Ave motivated the players.
Pioli’s side stunned San Siro by winning against the Portuguese side in a thrilling 9-8 penalty shootout. Donnarumma saved the last penalty which made a place for them in Europa League this season. This secured a €30 million income for Rossoneri in the Europa League.
After the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. News reporters asked Milan’s coach Pioli about winning against Rio Ave in the Europa League. There Pioli told the interesting truth about the photo.
AC Milan manager Pioli on the dressing room photo
“Over the course of a season there are a lot of difficulties to overcome and we’ve used them to motivate ourselves, to wake ourselves up, to grow. That photo reminds us of a particular night, it’s useful to understand the steps that we’ve taken to get here.” – Pioli told a news conference.
Il Diavolo are suffering a serious injury problem at the moment. Their star players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Theo Hernandez, Ante Rebic, Mario Mandzukic are injured. They played almost over 20 matches this season in Serie A without their top strikers. So, Pioli decided to motivate his players.
Using photos to motivate the players is one interesting idea. At last, we find that Rossoneri finding very different and fascinating ways to achieve their targets. If they manage to continue their current form and add a couple of key cogs to their well-oiled system they can go on to win trophies in the coming years.
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