AC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo has praised midfielder Lucas Biglia for being a ‘leader’ after Ismael Bennacer was dropped for the last game.
The Rossoneri ran out 1-0 winners against Hellas Verona on Sunday night thanks to Krzysztof Piatek’s penalty, which settled an ill-tempered affair at the Stadio MarcAntonio Bentegodi.
There were two red cards in the game, one coming in either half, starting with Mariusz Stepinski’s for a reckless lunge on the outstanding Mateo Musacchio.
Davide Calabria also got his marching orders in the final few seconds for what was adjudged to be a clothesline on Matteo Pessina, who was offside in the build-up anyway.
There was a shock on the team sheet before the game though, as Ismael Bennacer – who was impressive in round two against Brescia – was replaced by Biglia.
Giampaolo explained his decision to do so in his post match press conference after the game, hinting that experience was key for him.
“He is a leader, he is a strong player,” Giampaolo told reporters regarding Biglia, as per MilanNews.it.
“I see and hear, I have perceptions about the players. Biglia knows how to play, Bennacer is a strong player.
“I build the foundations with the players that I believe are right at that moment.
“He is a serious player, recognised within the group. I thought he could play for the ability not to drown in the difficulties of a game.”