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AC Milan boss claims Empoli can be harder opponents than Chelsea forward of Champions League showdown

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Stefano Pioli has masterminded Milan’s return to the highest desk of Italian soccer (Image: Getty)

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli claims Empoli will signify harder opponents than Chelsea forward of their a lot anticipated Champions League showdown later this month.

The previous Fiorentina and Inter boss has masterminded the Rossoneri’s revival following his appointment three years in the past with Milan’s which culminated in final season’s Scudetto success.

Milan will head to Stamford Bridge seeking to construct on their victory over Dinamo Zagreb earlier this month which has put them in a commanding place in Group E.

Chelsea, in contrast, have made a disappointing begin to their European marketing campaign with defeat in Zagreb, which proved to be the ultimate sport of Thomas Tuchel’s tenure, and a house draw towards RB Salzburg leaving the Blues with an uphill job to qualify for the knockout levels.

Milan, at the moment fifth in Serie A, face Empoli 4 days earlier than their journey to west London however Pioli feels their home rivals will supply extra of a risk than their upcoming Premier League opponents given the tight flip round following the worldwide break.

He stated: ‘I don’t suppose there’s that a lot distinction between taking part in nicely in Italy and in Europe. The Champions League does require the next tempo, however nothing unattainable.

‘I perceive there are expectations across the Chelsea video games, however I keep probably the most tough match for us will definitely be towards Empoli.

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Chelsea will face their former striker Olivier Giroud when Milan go to Stamford Bridge within the Champions League (Image: Getty)

‘After we go into that fixture, I’ll have welcomed the gamers again from worldwide obligation solely two days earlier.

‘I belief that if we play at our typical ranges, then outcomes towards Chelsea are definitely inside our attain.’

He added: ‘We are attempting to enhance our stage much more after final season, however Serie A is a well-balanced league and everybody has levelled up with reinforcements, so we wish to keep within the group preventing for the title to the top.

‘Our efficiency towards Napoli was of a excessive stage, however the reality we didn’t choose up factors means we will and should do higher in some conditions.

‘I do really feel at dwelling at Milan, and while you really feel at dwelling, you don’t wish to even contemplate different choices. We now have many issues nonetheless to do, however I’m completely not fearful about my contract or my future.

‘Milan’s goal is to be aggressive and to win silverware. We wish to proceed enhancing, as we stay a younger facet, however have the arrogance that may enable us to purpose for the highest.’


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