AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has been able to rely on Ante Rebic more and more since the turn of the year, with the Croatia international in a purple patch.
He was the match winner once again on Monday night, netting from a Samu Castillejo feed in the first half as the Rossoneri ran out 1-0 winners over Torino at San Siro.
As La Gazzetta dello Sport note on Tuesday (via MilanNews), it doesn’t matter whether Rebic plays as a second striker, a centre-forward or even as a winge – the only certainty is that he always runs regardless.
The 26-year-old covers serious distance, attacks, defenders, presses and gives support to his team-mates. And he also scores. A lot.
Rebic has five goals in the last five Serie A matches, plus one in the Italian Cup: Ante is the team’s striker, the sniper you don’t expect. Since the beginning of the year, the former Frankfurt star has fifty percent of the goals scored by Milan in the league (five out of ten).
The Rossoneri fans are crazy about him. Not surprisingly, yesterday they gave him a standing ovation when he was subbed off.
Ibrahimovic’s closeness did him good, but the credit should all go to Rebic who is no longer the mysterious object of a few months ago but rather a pillar of Pioli’s Milan.
Rebic has actually scored three winning goals for Milan in 2020 too: a 94th minute winner against Udinese, the only goal in the 1-0 win over Brescia and the goal last night.