Stefano Pioli spoke again about the painful death of Davide Astori and how it changed his life forever and emphasized that we players also have to see players as human beings.
The AC Milan coach was running Fiorentina on the morning of March 4, 2018, when the tragic news about La Viola captain Astori first broke.
Since then, Pioli has said he sees footballers as people before professionals, in a world where it’s so easy to separate those we adore from reality, and often differentiate them from ourselves.
“This tragedy made me realize that footballers are people,” Pioli told Fatto Quotidiano. “I had to try to get inside their heads.
“One by one, at nine in the morning I had to tell you [Fiorentina players] that the doctor had said that Davide is no longer with us. “
Pioli also spoke about the importance of mental strength and attitude in relation to footballers, citing such strengths as the reason Italy succeeded in Euro 2020.
“In football, technique and tactics count, but the most important thing is mental strength,” said Pioli. “It’s a concept that enabled Roberto Mancini to win the European Championship.
“You don’t win with tactics. You win by putting the ‘I’ aside and seeing it as all of ‘us’ in these situations.