CorSport: Pioli hoping to stop Inter’s red-hot attack with ‘Millennial’ defence

By Oliver Fisher -

One of the concerns for AC Milan heading into the season was how the defensive department would hold up after last season, and that will extend to the derby too.

This morning’s edition of Corriere dello Sport (via MilanNews) has a headline which makes reference to the game between the Rossoneri and their city rivals one week from Saturday, titled: ‘Milan, if the defence is short. Two Millennials in the derby’.

With Fikayo Tomori suspended for one match after the two yellow cards he picked up during the 2-1 victory against Roma before the break, he will not be available for the game at San Siro on Saturday 16 September.

Instead, head coach Stefano Pioli will rely on a ‘millennial’ defence which is comprised of Pierre Kalulu and Malick Thiaw, who were born in 2000 and 2001 respectively.

It will be up to them to stop the Nerazzurri attackers, in particular a red hot Lautaro Martinez and also Marcus Thuram.

Tags AC Milan Malick Thiaw Pierre Kalulu


  1. Neither is a “Millennial” though. They are both Gen Z. Tomori is on the edge between the two, either a very young Millennial or the eldest of Gen Z.

    1. Since it’s an Italian publication, no doubt there is something lost in translation. Surely by “millennial” there are referring to Thiaw and Kalulu as being born in this millennium, and not “millennial” in the sense of demographic cohort.

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