AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli chose to put faith in Mario Mandzukic but he failed to make a mark during the 3-0 defeat to Lazio last night.
During their analysis of yesterday’s defeat, La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) also turned their sword on Mandzukic. Pioli gave him confidence to start from the first minute in a very big game over Rafael Leao, but the Croatian did not exactly give a good impression.
He make some good plays but a lot was lacking up front yet against for the Rossoneri, who are missing a striker to fill the area like Ibrahimovic does and to occupy defenders with ruthless finishing and clever movement.
Milan have now scored one goal or less in five of their last nine games, which is simply not enough when the defensive contribution also appears to be dipping given the six goals conceded in the last three games, for example.