Pioli wants Milan to convert performances into results in Europe

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MILAN, Italy, Nov 23 (Reuters) – AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli has referred to as on his facet to flip their spectacular Champions League performances into results because the seven-time European Cup winners head into Wednesday’s journey to Atletico Madrid needing to win in any respect prices.

Competing in their first Champions League competitors since 2013-14, Milan sit backside of Group B with one level from 4 matches, 4 factors behind second-placed Porto, who journey to already-qualified leaders Liverpool on Wednesday.

Milan have put in some notable shows – going toe-to-toe with Liverpool at Anfield earlier than dropping 3-2, whereas two late targets earned Atletico a 2-1 win at San Siro – however Pioli is aware of they want results to qualify for the knockout phases.

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“We are hardened for this, built to be competitive,” he informed a news convention on Tuesday. “For many players it’s the first time in the Champions League. We’ve found opponents of the highest level, but we’ve shown we are not too far from them.

“We’re conscious that we have at all times lacked a bit one thing when it mattered most. We want to know for tomorrow evening that we want to carry out with high quality and a spotlight in the 2 penalty areas, in any other case the efficiency is nugatory.

“My task in preparing the team for tomorrow is quite simple: it is the last chance to stay in the Champions League.”

Milan have began the Serie A season in effective type, going unbeaten in their opening 12 video games.

They did endure their first league defeat of the marketing campaign in a 4-3 thriller at Fiorentina on Saturday however Pioli doesn’t consider that may have a giant impact on his staff.

“We lost in Florence because in the two penalty areas we weren’t as precise as in the past,” he added.

“We had less concentration and quality than usual. It’s not a question of approach, we have played better than other games.

“Unfortunately we did not rating, however that is soccer.”

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Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Ken Ferris

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