CM: Pioli and the loyal servant Rade Krunic – from backup to first choice

By Isak Möller -

Rade Krunic has become a fundamental part of Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan side and in the last few weeks, he has really shown his qualities. Against Spurs, he was crucial in the defensive phase for the Rossoneri. 

As highlighted by, since he arrived from Empoli in 2019 for a mere €8m, Krunic has been a great resource for Pioli: Mezz’ala, deep-lying midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger, false-nine and even full-back.

The Bosnian international has played almost everywhere for Milan. He’s a player that doesn’t make much fuzz and always follows the instructions of the manager. A dream for the latter, in other words, and he has grown a lot in the last three years.

This season, he has made 20 appearances, starting five out of seven games in the Champions League and also scoring against Salzburg. Against Spurs, even though Ismael Bennacer was available, Pioli bet on Krunic and it turned out well.

He renewed his contract until 2025 back in September and it’s clear that he will remain an important part of the Milan team. The recent words of Maldini confirm this.

Tags AC Milan Rade Krunic Stefano Pioli


  1. Glad finally got the credits he truly deserves. And I see less and less members here saying stuffs like ‘Adli can’t be worse than Krunic’ etc etc kind of non sense.

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