CorSport: Milan in a serious crisis amid injuries and questionable Pioli decisions

By Isak Möller -

Following another comfortable lead lost, AC Milan’s crisis has deepened despite the win against Paris Saint-German earlier this week. One of the main culprits is without a doubt the injury situation, as highlighted by a report this morning. 

Milan started the game against Lecce well and headed into the half-time break with a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Tijjani Reijnders. In the second half, however, they lost it all and came away with just one point. On top of that, Rafael Leao was subbed off with an injury.

As highlighted by today’s edition of Corriere dello Sport (via MilanNews), Milan have collected just two points in their last four league games. The word crisis, therefore, is certainly warranted especially if you consider that it’s been 49 days since their last league win.

The games against Napoli and Lecce ended in the same way, with Milan squandering a 2-0 lead in the second half. For Stefano Pioli, among other reasons, the injury situation is the most obvious culprit for his current struggles with the Rossoneri.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was too tired to participate, Rafael Leao was subbed off after just ten minutes, Davide Calabria threw in the towel during the interval and several other players were missing. 23 injuries since the start of the season, most of them muscular, and now a solution must be found.

Pioli also has some thinking to do, as the newspaper concludes, since he decided to field Yunus Musah in the right-back position (which would prove to be a total flop).

Tags AC Milan Lecce Olivier Giroud Rafael Leao Stefano Pioli


  1. zlatan won’t solve the problem, the problem is the tactical level of pioli. we need a coach with a higher tactical level. pioli was done after the league winning season and he is fully dusted now… a coach with a poor rotation system, a coach who plays krunic as a no6 Instead of Adli or musah, a coach who using is playing pattern to limit his team’s attack. a coach that his team plays for 60mins and loses everything in the last 30mins+ and he can’t find a solution for months now. a coach that kills his team with his wrong substitution decision.


  2. ꜱᴄᴏᴜᴛ7ᴄᴀʟᴄɪᴏ tweeted about how Klopp is often times forced to rotate his entire team for some games because the strains and the risk on injuries his overextended high pressing, high block type of strategy puts on his players.
    Now bear in mind, Liverpool and City have a lot of depth, and can rotate efficiently. Liverpool’s players were also selected for this type of play.
    Milan neither does have that depth, nor the quality/profil for a such a high pressing (which we don’t seem to use anyways) and a coach who is not a specialist in the high-pressing block.
    All of this, combined with our medical staff problems and some players being injury prone, did lead to this injury crisis.
    But the point I’m trying to make is that perhaps, we simply cannot maintain this style of football anymore.

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