Stefano Pioli: We want to dominate Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea host AC Milan at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the Champions League group clash, and it’s the first time in 23 years that the two sides will be facing each other in a competitive game.

Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is optimistic ahead of the game, and said that both teams would try to dominate, but insisted that his side would do everything to control the game.

“We want to be competitive, and in order to do that you have to face every single game to the best of your abilities, trying to give your all throughout the match,” Pioli told Milan Channel.

“We are aware that we face a big team who won the Champions League two years ago, but we have our own mentality and our way of setting up on the pitch, so we’ll try to do the same tomorrow evening.”

The Rossoneri are rated as the underdogs in this game, but Pioli believes it doesn’t count for anything.

He stated: “Predictions are made on paper, but what happens on the pitch can make for different performances and results.

“I think the outcome of the Dinamo Zagreb vs. Chelsea result was unexpected to many, while playing in the Champions League means you have to put in a top performance throughout the game.”

Pioli also reacted to Chelsea’s decision to appoint a new manager.

He went on: “Chelsea changed coach and so we’ll face a highly-motivated team. We prepared well, we know how important this match is, but I don’t believe it will be decisive, as the final two group games will be decisive.

“We are still playing in a wonderful atmosphere and want to have our say. We have to be good technically, tactically and in terms of controlling the ball.

“Very simply, either we dominate the game or the other team will dominate us. We want to take control of the match, knowing full well we are up against an opponent with great quality, who have a rapid attacking unit with good technique, so we have to be solid and focused in defence.

“What matters though is that we play with our spirit and try to attack, to be dangerous, because that’s what we can do and what we want to do.”