GdS: Idea of a Rebic-Calhanoglu-Leao ‘super attack’ fascinates Pioli and the staff

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has not ruled out the idea of playing Ante Rebic, Hakan Calhanoglu and Rafael Leao in the same starting XI, a report claims.

As La Gazzetta dello Sport writes (via MilanNews), the first part of Rebic’s season was hampered by the elbow injury he sustained in Crotone, and just as the Croatian was ready for a great 2021, he tested positive for COVID early in the year.

Luckily, he has recovered quickly and now has even more desire to return to being as decisive as he was a year ago. He is not yet at 100% by his own admission, but scoring three goals in the last two league games is undoubtedly a good way to restart.

The elbow injury is now a distant memory, and it has become apparently that if Milan really want to fight until the end for the Scudetto, they also need Rebic in the best form.

He and Leao are in a battle for the left wing spot, but Stefano Pioli does not rule out that in some situations we could see a ‘super attack’, as the paper calls it, with the Rebic-Calhanoglu-Leao trio behind Ibrahimovic.

“I think neither Rebic nor Leao like to play on the right, they are more inclined to stay on the left. Ante played there in the national team, Rafa has already done so. It may be a solution, but let’s see. If there is availability we can play with many forwards,” Pioli explained yesterday.

It is a hypothesis that fascinates everyone at Milanello, including Pioli who, however, knows well that balance is needed on the pitch.

Tags AC Milan Ante Rebic Hakan Calhanoglu Rafael Leao