CorSport: Why Pioli decided to exclude Hauge from EL squad over Krunic and Meite

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli’s decision to leave Jens Petter Hauge out of the squad for the next stage of the Europa League was purely based on numbers, a report claims.

There has been an outpouring of emotion on social media following Stefano Pioli’s decision to exclude Jens Petter Hauge from the Europa League squad for the knockout stages. We have already ranted about the decision, but now an explanation has arrived from this morning’s papers.

According to what il Corriere dello Sport report this morning, (via MilanNews), the young Norwegian forward was in a battle with Meite and Krunic, but in the end Stefano Pioli chose to leave out the former Bodo/Glimt star for one key reason.

Pioli decided that Hauge was the right man to miss out because he already has three potential options for the left wing ahead of him; namely Ante Rebic, Rafael Leao and if necessary also Mario Mandzukic.

Tags AC Milan Jens Petter Hauge


  1. stupid reason, every one knows hauge is better than all the players mentioned to play at the left excluding leao, and has the ability to play at playmaker better than krunic, that is we won’t accept this kind of stupidity @ pioli

  2. Sell Krunic and if necessary sell Pioli too.
    Krunic offers no economic value, selling his merchandise will have nobody buys.
    Even if you offer him to Juventus or Inter for free, most likely they will refuse.

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