GdS: Giroud working overtime with Ibra out – Rebic could be Pioli’s weapon against Udinese

By Oliver Fisher -

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic still training alone and Marko Lazetic not ready to be deployed yet, Stefano Pioli has been asking Olivier Giroud to work overtime.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports how Giroud has been carrying the entire weight of the Milan attack on his shoulders since the Achilles injury sustained by Ibrahimovic in the match against Juventus on 23 January, with a derby brace and a double against Lazio in the Coppa Italia being the highlights of a good run at San Siro.

However, he failed to score against Sampdoria at home and then was somewhat ineffective with little service against Salernitana. There is the worry that the former Arsenal and Chelsea striker could become overused, and that is why changes for the game against Udinese should not be ruled out.

Rafael Leao now plays permanently on the left wing, Zlatan will certainly not be ready to return in three days and Lazetic is currently working alone too, so the idea of using Rebic remains given he looks to be finding his shooting boots against after physical problems. At the moment he is the best alternative solution in the centre-forward position.

Tags AC Milan Ante Rebic

7 Comments

  1. Lazetic was playing for Red Star, we signed him, and now he’s not ready. What am I missing? Throw the lad into the fray. How bad could he be?

    1. He was actually a bench warmer more often than not, also he comes from Serbian Super League, Milan’s one light morning practice is more intense than a month of practice sessions in Red Star. He wouldn’t last 20 minutes on the pitch.

  2. Rebic was great as a pressing forward, a huge part of the early season form. Used well, he could be a superb asset as a forward. He might not be as clinical, but he’ll help the team win the ball back higher and make more chances. Fair play to Giroud, he’s been much fitter and working harder than the early season too, but it’s not his natural game.

  3. I would love to see Oliver Giroud start this game alongside Rebec ..Yes he did not score in the last game ,but the service he got was not good ..Giroud is a great favourite of mine and technically he is brilliant .More goals will come from him .He does not lack confidence or belief ..I believe with Rebec and Giroud together in this game a 4 nil score line is on the cards .
    This Ac Milan team is very exciting to watch .Yes of course we can win the title ..Belief is very important .
    We also have a great manager in Stefini poli .
    Come on AC Milan ..

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