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New AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli: Critical fans only motivate me

New AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli insists he can handle the doubters.

Pioli arrives to replace Marco Giampaolo, though the appointment has been criticised by a section of the support.

“I come here with enthusiasm and passion. I'm convinced that we can do great things together," he said at his Press conference.

“I have respect for the fans and they have the right to criticise me, but for me it's an extra stimulus.

“I'll get to work on both the players' heads and how we set up on the field. These will be 10 important days and I'll try to make the most of every opportunity.

“My principles are based on ideas, intensity and ruthlessness. Giampaolo's a good Coach, but he's different to me.

“I'll have to be good at getting my ideas across to the team as quickly as possible. Let's start with a good base.

“There are some quality players here. Marco's worked well. I'd like to play the football that the lads will enjoy playing.

“I adapt to my players. I have to improve them individually so they can grow collectively."

The 53-year-old coached Inter with little success during the 2016-17 campaign and was an Nerazzurri fan growing up...

“The past is the past, I was a kid. Now I'm an adult, a professional who has a great desire to do well.

“I need to get to know my players. I'm very demanding of them and myself. I can't stand shallowness and a lack of ambition. We must do our utmost to achieve great results."

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