Stefano Pioli has made it clear that Inter’s clash with Napoli is not “decisive” in the Serie A title race and his focus remains on Milan leading their own race.
The champions will resume the season eight points behind Napoli and will look to their city rivals to help close the gap when they face the leaders at the San Siro on Wednesday.
Head coach Pioli says Milan should focus on their game after the World Cup break.
“We don’t have to compete with anyone but ourselves. You need more than 85 points to win the championship,” he said at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s match against Salernitana.
“We have a chance to achieve more than last year, but we must make every effort. I think it is very right not to overdo it with these thoughts, but to think about tomorrow, when we will have a warm environment and a tough opponent: this is what we need to start well.
“[Inter versus Napoli is] important yes, not decisive. We don’t think about other games. Let’s focus on our things and then we’ll see. We play first: our race matters.”
— Milan (@acmilan) January 2, 2023
Milan’s quest for trophies isn’t just focused on Serie A: The Supercoppa Italiana gave Pioli’s team their first chance to lift a trophy later this month while still in the Champions League and Coppa Italia.
“We are racing on four fronts and we definitely want to win something. We wrote history last year, but we want to stay in history by winning,” he added.
“If we want to consider ourselves a winning team, we have to win something again this year.
“I saw a report about [Rafael] Leao: many goals and assists, but only one title. We need to do more. We have four options to do this.”