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Pioli praises Milan’s victory over Dinamo Zagreb as a “good step”

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As his squad defeated Dinamo Zagreb to achieve their first victory in the Champions League group stage this year, Milan head coach Stefano Pioli praised the “good stride” his team made.

Following an Olivier Giroud penalty, Alexis Saelemaekers and replacement Tommaso Pobega both scored goals.

But before the latter’s late goal, Mislav Orsic pulled one back to briefly make it interesting.

Milan have not triumphed at home in the Champions League since defeating Celtic 2-0 in September 2013.

Their greatest losing streak in the tournament was six games, all of which occurred at San Siro.

Nevertheless, the victory against their Croatian opponents on Wednesday provided the Rossoneri four points in Group E after their first match, which ended in a 1-1 draw at Salzburg last week, was played.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia after the game.

Pioli spoke of “dreaming” but noted caution as he felt his team could still play better.

He said:

“Dreaming is beautiful, the parallel is ‘dreaming at night and working during the day to be able to achieve our dreams’.

“Today’s victory is yet another positive step, but we can do better.”

Giroud’s penalty in the 45th minute was just his second of 12 goals in the Champions League.

In his previous six competitive outings for Milan, the France international had only fired six shots, but against Dinamo, he managed to get four off, with three of them finding the back of the net.

Giroud expressed his ambition to continue scoring goals in Europe’s top tournament to Milan TV after the victory, noting that back-to-back matches against Chelsea are coming up.

He said:

“We started the match well, we could have improved the last pass and our finishing, but we are very happy.

“It is always a special emotion to play the Champions League.

“I am very happy because I have one more goal, and I want to continue like this.”

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