Not Sacchi, Cappelo, Ancelotti, or Allegri, Stefano Pioli gave Milan the best start in 67 years!

Not Sacchi, Cappelo, Ancelotti, or Allegri, Stefano Pioli gave Milan the best start in 67 years!

Despite giving Inter quite the run last season even with significantly limited investment compared to the city rivals, and returning Milan to the Champions League after seven years, Stefano Pioli didn't get the respect he deserves. In Italy perhaps, but Europe still doesn't see the 56-year-old as a good manager as he is. Now, his success with Rossoneri is hard to deny.

With the victory over Torino and triumphing in nine out of the 10 first Serie A games this season Pioli led the Milan side to their best start in 67 years! Even managerial greats such as Arrigo Sacchi, Carlo Ancelotti, Fabio Capello, and Massimiliano Allegri haven't achieved these feats with Milan. While boasting far superior squads at that.

Pioli had to push through the loss of two key players, Gigi Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu, while having a squad of youngsters and aged veterans.

Against Torino, it was, as Italian journalists label it, another unimpressive performance after the scraped 4:2 win at nine-man Bologna on Saturday. This time Olivier Giroud’s early tap-in from a corner proved enough at San Siro. Yet this too is a great showing for the team, as all great teams win even when they are not at their best.

"It was our fourth game in 10 days with very little option for rotation and Torino are very tough to play against. We controlled it well, kept a lid on it, then Torino only really threatened towards the end when they threw caution to the wind and poured everything forward," stated Pioli.

The manager is facing quite the injury crisis with Mike Maignan, Alessandro Plizzari, Fode Ballo-Toure, Alessandro Florenzi, Brahim Diaz, Junior Messias, Samu Castillejo, Ante Rebic, and Pietro Pellegri all out now, with several players returning to fitness, as Theo Hernandez.

Yet, unlike Jose Mourinho, Pioli is happy with his squad.

"The club did so well to create such a complete squad that has allowed me to get through certain absences and difficulties. I am above all sad that I haven’t been able to give Rafael Leao a rest, but this generosity and hunger of the team is good to see."


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