With Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the field everything is simpler, but now Milan will have to demonstrate that they know how to get by even without their leader.
As Tuesday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport reports (via MilanNews), the Swede’s injury has somewhat dampened the enthusiasm after the win in Napoli and has forced head coach Stefano Pioli – still isolating at home – to think of alternative solutions.
It is well known by now that Milan basically face a game every three days between now and the Christmas break, meaning Ibra will be out for a very condensed part of the fixture list.
They have already experienced this unpleasant situation before though and have shown they can play without the 39-year-old leader, amassing two draws and seven wins while playing without Zlatan since his return in January.
Pioli and Bonera are obviously thinking about how to line the team up against Lille, taking into account that Saelemaekers (sprained ankle) will be out for about two weeks and Leao is also injured.
At the moment, the paper points out, it’s almost all on the shoulders of Ante Rebic with Lorenzo Colombo also now having a better chance of getting some game time.