Giampaolo explains decision to bench Bennacer for Biglia

By Oliver Fisher -

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.

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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

“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.”

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