Stefano Pioli has expressed his confidence that his Milan team will be able to respond against Lazio after a disappointing series of results.
The defending Serie A champions survived a 2-2 league draw with Roma and Lecce, leaving them 12 points behind leaders Napoli, albeit with a game in hand.
Pioli’s side were also defeated in the Coppa Italia by Torino and lost the Super Cup to rivals Inter in Saudi Arabia, leading to a four-match winless streak in all competitions.
Milan are looking to return to victory on Tuesday when they travel to face Lazio and Pioli is confident the team will react positively.
“We have to face these moments, it will be another test to be overcome with humility and unity,” he said at a press conference.
“There is criticism because the performances were below our capabilities and expectations, which, being Milan, are very high, we have strong roots.
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“There were experiments with ease and good mood, now we need compactness and the will to react. My players are not bad, they deserve my trust and respect.
“We needed to reboot. The situations to be improved are tactical, technical and psychological. The most important aspect is the mental one.
“It’s nice to remember how we managed to win last year in Rome, overcoming difficulties, but maintaining balance and concentration until we won the game at the end.
“When you are coaching such a strong team, it is normal that my expectations are also focused on maximum performance and results.
“From the missed win against Roma to the derby, we needed to do more. Now we have two options: either continue to feel sorry for ourselves, or react. I’m sure it’s the last one.”