Wednesday , August 4 2021

Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot explains how he is improving in Milan under Stefano Pioli

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot has revealed how he is improving under head coach Stefano Pioli during his loan spell at AC Milan.

Portuguese full-back Dalot has been sent to the San Siro on a season-long loan as his chances at United are expected to be limited.

And the 21-year-old is enjoying his time with Milan, who are surprisingly early trackers in Serie A ahead of Inter and Milan.

Dalot has played only 20 minutes in the Italian top, but was once present in the Europa League, after starting and finishing all five matches of Milan in the current part of this competition.

And he says he benefits from a tactical education under his boss Pioli.

Diogo Dalot shot during Milan’s victory over Celtic

“It is fantastic to learn the tactics of the game here in Italy,” he was quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News.

“Having a coach close to a player who is always trying to teach and explain is great. Our relationships are not just player-managers. This helps me improve.”

Dalot spoke ahead of Milan’s win over Celtic on Thursday, securing a Group X qualifier in the knockout stages.

But he is aiming for the Champions League with two points from the Rossoneri at the top of Serie A before their match against Sampdoria on Sunday night.

Stefano Pioli led Milan to the top of Serie A and Europa League knockout qualifiers

“We have a very good philosophy regarding the daily work of this club,” added Dalot. “We think match after match, then we will focus on the next match. This is the right way of thinking and with that we can achieve great things this season.

“Milan is a great club, they are known for playing at the highest level of football, the Champions League, it is a goal for us.

“We hope that, with the right attitude, we can bring Milan back to the top of Europe.”

Dalot, who was brought to United by United Jose Mourinho in 2018, said he was doing well in life in Italy, which he said was similar to his native Portugal.

Diogo Dalot joined Milan on loan over the summer.  (Photo by Mathieu Mirville / Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Dalot was once present during Milan’s Europa League campaign

“It has been a great few months in terms of adaptation,” Dalot said ahead of Milan’s victory over Celtic on Thursday night.

“Italy is similar to Portugal. The club is amazing, I’m happy to be here.

“Every day I come with the desire to train and play. My teammates help me with the language and the adaptation to the city.

“I was trying to adapt quickly, I was learning Italian. The players, the staff and everyone else at the club were very helpful to me.”

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