Ambrosini praises Krunic for doing ‘more than Tonali’ against Monza

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan claimed their third consecutive win last night as they beat Monza and TRade Kruynic was one of the players that worked very hard. As such, he received the praise of the Rossoneri legend Massimo Ambrosini. 

The Bosnian made his third start in a row amid Ismael Bennacer’s injury struggles, partnering up with Sandro Tonali in the middle of the pitch. Although it wasn’t a spectacular display, he did what was needed (which isn’t always easy).

Speaking to DAZN after the game, as cited by, Milan legend and current pundit Massimo Ambrosini shared his thoughts on Krunic. He stated that the midfielder did what was needed in a tough midfield battle between the two teams.

“In a dirty game, Krunic managed to clear more balls than Tonali. He made complicated things look simple. In a context of a complicated midfield battle, he played a good game,” he stated.

It remains to be seen if Krunic will start against Atalanta next weekend. Ismael Bennacer should be back by then but Stefano Pioli might give him the extra, especially since Milan don’t want to force him back too early ahead of the Tottenham return.

Tags AC Milan Massimo Ambrosini Monza Rade Krunic

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  1. Well said. Tonali is at his best when he is paired with a player who will do the dirty work for him – Kessie, now Krunic. Bennacer doesn’t do that – he’s a facilitator and a fantastic one at that. That is why we struggled this year with the double pivot. Neither Tonali nor Benny like to sit in front of the defense like Kessie used to (acting as a CB when Theo darted forward). It’s no surprise Tonali’s best games have been when paired with Krunic. That’s why Pioli played Baka yesterday – he can fill that same role as Krunic – doing the dirty work and staying back. Aster should be given a chance in that role as well. When Benny returns I can see him in a mid with Benny/Tonali/Krunic – with Benny playing more as advanced like he does with his national team – behind the forwards. That may be our best solution to bring out the best in Tonali and leaves Diaz/CDK on the bench which is where both should be IMO (one inconsistent the other not ready).

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