Stefano Pioli says Milan’s 7-0 rout of Torino was another example of their “great growth” and challenged his side to reap what they have sown by securing a Champions League spot.
The Rossoneri tore Torino to pieces in a ruthless rout at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino on Wednesday, moving above Napoli into third place in Serie A with two games to play.
Ante Rebic – starting in place of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic – scored a quickfire second-half hat-trick and Theo Hernandez was on target in both halves with brilliant finishes as magnificent Milan ran riot three days after beating Juventus 3-0 in Turin.
Franck Kessie was on target from the penalty spot and Brahim Diaz scored one of the five goals Milan scored in a devastating second-half display.
Milan are three points clear of fifth-placed Juve – who beat Sassuolo 3-1 – in the battle for a top-four finish and Pioli says they must finish off the job.
The head coach told Milan TV: “Thinking of winning the game with such a clear result was difficult, but we wanted another concrete performance like the one against Juventus.
“We are happy with this, but we have to continue like this because we have not done anything yet.”
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Pioli says two huge results in Turin in quick succession demonstrated the strides his side have made.
“The team is mature and this is the sign of a growth made up of ups and downs that are natural because we are a young team,” he added.
“Everything has served and now we have to reap what we have sown.
“We had to face two difficult and important trips and having faced them with the right mental attitude is a symptom of great growth.”
Victory for Milan was their 15th away from home in Serie A this season, matching a record set by Inter in the 2006-07 campaign.
It was the first time for 20 years they have scored six or more times in a Serie A away match, with the last occasion coming when they humiliated Inter 6-0.
Milan face Cagliari on Sunday before finishing their campaign with a trip to second-placed Atalanta.
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