Di Marzio praises Pioli and thinks De Ketelaere can shine in Leao’s absence

By Euan Burns -

Transfer journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has praised Stefano Pioli for the turnaround at AC Milan and has discussed what Charles De Ketelaere can do in the absence of Rafael Leao against Fiorentina. 

Speaking whilst on Sky Sport (via Milan News), Di Marzio was quick to praise Pioli for delivering four victories in a row after the team had only won one game in the whole of 2023.

The coach decided to change formation to a back three ahead of the Serie A game against Inter and whilst that ended in defeat, the following four have seen victories and clean sheets.

“Pioli did well. Milan had had the strongest crisis among the clubs fighting for the Champions League, with both results and performances,” Di Marzio said.

“Pioli found a solution, like changing the system of play: he understood that it lacked compactness and tried to make more solidity and security, enhancing players like Thiaw and giving mental security to the team. Milan are absolutely cured..”

Milan will be looking to make it five in a row when they take on Fiorentina on Saturday night but they will have to do so without Rafael Leao who is suspended.

With the Portuguese star out, Di Marzio thinks that De Ketelaere could be in line to start the game and impress.

“We’ll see with the absence of Leao, but I believe that with De Ketelaere he can have an opportunity; it’s not easy to play bits and pieces and always have to demonstrate, maybe from the start,” he said.

Tags AC Milan Charles De Ketelaere Rafael Leao Stefano Pioli


  1. I think Pioli will start Rebic or Origi on the left and up top, but he could start CDK in the middle to rest Diaz for Spurs.

    1. He should def rest some players for Spurs. That game is far more important. Maybe Thiaw, Theo can be rested for the Spurs game and Kjaer, Balo can play in their spots against Fiorentina.

  2. I don’t think we can afford a lot of change to the team, cause we can’t afford to lose this game! Roma, Atalanta and Inter are shoulders to shoulders with us!
    I think we should start Ibra in Giroud’s place and use CDK and Diaz behind him.

  3. Je pense qu’il devrait mettre :

    Maignan/Kjear-Gabbia-Kalulu/Pobega-Krunic-bakayoko-Origi/De Keteleare-Zlatan

    Car il nous faut nos meilleures joueurs du moment, en forme contre Tottenham… Afin de faire un bon résultat pour passer 8e de final de C1..

  4. Je pense qu’il devrait mettre :

    Maignan/Kjear-Gabbia-Balo Touré/Pobega-Bakayoko-De Keteleares-Sealmekers/Origi-Zlatan

    Car il nous faut nos meilleures joueurs du moment, en forme contre Tottenham… Afin de faire un bon résultat pour passer en 4 de final de C1..

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