CorSera: Pioli relies on Rebic against Crotone without Ibra – Leao is back on the bench

By Oliver Fisher -

In Sunday’s game against Crotone, Milan will still have to do without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is in quarantine after having tested positive for Covid-19.

As il Corriere della Sera (via MilanNews) reports on Sunday, Milan will not be able to count on their leader, who will also be missing on Thursday against Rio Ave and next Sunday against Spezia at San Siro.

The Rossoneri will have to show that they can win without the Swede and that they are not over-reliant on his style of play. While against Bodo/Glimt it was Lorenzo Colombo who got the nod, this evening against Crotone it will be Ante Rebic who will replace Ibra at the center of the Milan attack.

The Croatian is more of an attacking winger, but last season, when he had to take the place of the Swede, he also did well as a striker. Rebic is also fresh and rested as he has played only one official match so far.

Despite Ibra’s absence, Pioli is rather calm because he has great confidence in Rebic: “Rebic can play as a first striker, without losing any of his potential.”

The Milan boss seemed assured at Saturday’s press conference and Rafael Leao will also be on the bench again and is likely to play a segment of the match in view of Thursday’s playoffs in Portugal.

Tags AC Milan Ante Rebic Zlatan Ibrahimovic