CorSera: Pioli’s experiment in midfield against Celtic backfires as one man struggles

By Oliver Fisher -

There were plenty of positives for AC Milan in their 4-2 win over Celtic at San Siro on Thursday night, but there was also a substantial negative.

There were some eyebrows raised when Rade Krunic was selected alongside Franck Kessie in the holding midfield department, given that so far the Bosnian has almost exclusively played as an attacking midfielder.

He received a 5.5 out of 10 in our player ratings with the following comment: “Made that big mistake early on which directly led to Celtic’s first goal. He didn’t exactly look comfortable after that and was rightly subbed off at half-time by Pioli. A performance to forget for the Bosnian.”

As il Corriere della Sera reports (via MilanNews), it was an experiment from Pioli which ultimately failed. The former Empoli man appeared in great difficulty and committed two serious mistakes on both goals for the Scots.

What that means for the club’s plans moving forward remains to be seen, as a more natural defensive midfielder is clearly needed if Milan are to have two pairings of quality.

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