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09 Dec 2019, 05:08 IST

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Sinisa Mihajlovic and Stefano Pioli

Milan coach Stefano Pioli mentioned he was so overcome with emotion following Sinisa Mihajlovic’s return to the Bologna bench on Sunday that he simply wished to hug his reverse quantity.

Mihajlovic was again on the touchline for the primary time since a bone marrow transplant final month, having been identified with leukaemia earlier within the yr.

Bologna have been unable to make Mihajlovic’s return a victorious one, nonetheless, as Milan claimed a slender 3-2 win regardless of Nicola Sansone’s late penalty resulting in a tense end.

However Pioli spoke with extra enthusiasm about Mihajlovic than he did Milan’s efficiency.

“It was an actual pleasure to see him,” Pioli instructed Sky Sport Italia. “I wished to hug him, however he mentioned it was higher to not [due to his condition]. But it surely was nonetheless thrilling, a pleasant second.

“I hope he’s on the way in which to full restoration now. Having that second collectively touched me, it actually did.”

Krzysztof Piatek wore an expression of reduction after he ended a objective drought that stretched again nearly two months, opening the scoring with an early penalty after he had been tripped, and Pioli hopes that may assist the Poland worldwide’s way of thinking.

“He was a basic level of reference for us at this time,” Pioli mentioned of Piatek. “He gained many duels and made an necessary affect for the crew.

“We predicted Bologna would press excessive up the pitch, so we thought we might should play direct and he held the play up very effectively. He too will come out of this with extra confidence.”

Theo Hernandez endured a combined match, changing into the primary participant since Opta data started to attain a objective, an personal objective and concede a penalty in the identical Serie A sport, with Giacomo Bonaventura’s strike finally proving essential as Milan took house the factors.

Regardless of there being extra negatives than positives concerning the defender’s show, Pioli was principally happy.

“Particularly within the offensive section, Theo may be very sturdy,” Pioli remarked. “He has nice timing of his ahead runs, is robust bodily and has an excellent left foot.

“He’s the form of participant that may disrupt defensive steadiness within the opposition if he is obtained area to run into forward of him.”

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