Soccer-Milan’s Pioli relishes the chance to take on Mourinho


AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli said he was eager to take on AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho as his team prepare to travel to Rome for the showdown Sunday in Serie A. Milan have had their best Serie A start in 67 years and after 10 games they are second on goal difference against Napoli after taking 28 points out of the 30 available.

Roma also got off to an impressive start, but lost the pace set by Milan and Napoli ahead of Sunday’s meeting. “Mourinho is a great coach and manager,” Pioli said at a press conference on Saturday. “He’s very good tactically and mentally.

“This is the kind of game you are looking forward to.” Match preparation is what I love the most. We will also try to find the right path for tomorrow. “We expect a different game. Roma’s qualities are different from those of Torino (Milan’s midweek opponents) who were an intense team.”

Center-back Fikayo Tomori has been one of Milan’s most notable stars so far, with Pioli reserving special praise for the player he brought in from Chelsea to the English Premier League last season. “Tomori has important characteristics for the way we defend,” Pioli added. “He has impressive mental and technical continuity both in training and in the game, and he has a great attitude.

“When you have this mindset, it’s easy to be ready for anything.” Pioli also said playmaker Brahim Diaz could start in Rome after recovering from coronavirus, while one of the veteran duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud will line up from the start, the other on the bench.

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