As reported today on La Gazzetta dello Sport, the atmosphere at Milan is heavy and there is an air of crisis. Pioli changes routine and the team will be at Milanello today where they will also spend the night.
Armored training sessions and no stop at the hotel First commandment: regain confidence Tonali and Giroud (always on target in the last two derbies) are the leaders to cling to. Milan are used to living the pre-match at the Meliá, a hotel in the San Siro area, but not this time: they stay at the sports center until late afternoon. All players, leaders and non-leaders, are expected at Milanello by 10:45 AM, let's say for breakfast. At 11:30 AM training, at 1:45 PM, Pioli will speak in the conference.
Then the afternoon at Milanello, dinner. Tomorrow morning: a technical meeting for the latest tactical advice and lunch at 1:00 PM. Nothing original, just the great classics: pasta or rice, chicken or fish. Then, there is just enough time to rest a bit (but who sleeps, five hours before the derby?) and at 16.15 PM - 16:30 PM, the team will leave for the stadium by bus, with the music pounding in the headphones and the tense silence in the air. Pioli probably hopes that someone, at least in the locker room, will speak. If they all yell, better.