will look to put Saturday’s humiliating 5-1 derby defeat by Interbehind them when they host Newcastle United in their opening group game of the Champions League on Tuesday.
“I also owe them something because I’ve become the Milan coach who has lost the most derby games in a calendar year, but we will do everything in our power to make sure this season can still be a very positive campaign.”
Pioli and his team will welcome Sandro Tonali back to the San Siro after the midfielder joined Newcastle in July.
“I think it will be very emotional to come up against Sandro Tonali, I’ll give him a big hug. Sandro was an important player during our time together, we won trophies together,” Pioli said.
“It will be very emotional for him to come back to the San Siro, and we wish him all the best, but from matchday two onwards.”
Along with Newcastle, Milan will also face Paris St-Germain and Borussia Dortmund in Group F of the Champions League.