GdS: The two challenges facing Pioli after transforming Hernandez and Bennacer

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has two more challenges to overcome after establishing Theo Hernandez and Ismael Bennacer as key players, a report claims.

As La Gazzetta dello Sport notes, Theo Hernandez has exploded under Pioli’s guidance, while Bennacer has managed to become an established starter despite the presence of Lucas Biglia, who worked with Pioli at Lazio.

Now though, the Rossoneri boss faces two more challenges before the summer transfer campaign begins to look successful, starting with Rafael Leao.

The young Portuguese arrived from Lille in the summer and had started off great, but over the last few weeks he has found virtually no space. Pioli has previously hinted that he sees the 20-year-old as more of a second strikers than a centre-forward, characteristics which in a 4-3-3 are likely to get lost. 

It is up to the coach to find a solution, unless the market offers answers: if Ibrahimovic arrives, Leao’s mobility and technical ability would become very valuable.

The most difficult challenge, the paper adds, is that regarding Ante Rebic – a player who on the face of things appears to be very adaptable in a 4-3-3.

Hakan Calhanoglu and Suso are currently preferred as the wingers at present, but Rebic can at least be considered a credible alternative. Now Pioli must revive the Croatian’s form, as he cannot leave in January due to the fact he has already played for two clubs this season.

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