GdS: From the start and on his own – Jovic bucks trend with goal in Rennes

By Oliver Fisher -

Luka Jovic got his name on the scoresheet again last night, netting his first goal in European competition for AC Milan since joining last summer.

As La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) writes this morning, Jovic gave a lesson in how to be decisive in a thousand different ways on a football pitch and he did so inside five days.

There were the practical demonstrations with the sending off (against Monza), the goal (against Rennes) and the penalty for handball (also against Rennes). Let’s say he’s not a boring player.

On a more serious note, there was very little that the Serbian could do about the handball which many still believe to be a harsh call, while the goal that he scored showed he is still in excellent touch when it comes to finishing.

A bonus: he did it by playing as a lone striker, not together with Olivier Giroud, and starting the match, not entering the second half. Those are two things that go against the trend of his season.

After the game, Stefano Pioli said: “Unfortunately Luka committed serious naivety on Sunday. He had his chance and he deserved it all. He has great qualities, he knows how to be ruthless inside the area and knows how to make the team play well.

“We can also play with the two strikers, he and Giroud are definitely a beautiful couple. He is doing well and must continue to demand a lot from himself.”

Jovic scored his first goal in Europe as a Milan player in Rennes and resumed the comparisons with 2018-19, his best season, when with Eintracht he scored in Marseille, in Limassol, in Milan against Inter, in Lisbon with Benfica and in London with Chelsea.


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  1. If he’s comfortable being a backup then I don’t see any problems getting him on a more long term basis. He’s been excellent off the bench and worked really hard to get into some sort of shape too (still isn’t top fitness yet). Scoring while trying to settle in also helps.. We need players like these….the Larssons, the Defoes, the Solskjaers 😁.

  2. He’s done fantastic. Silly mistake against Monza and unlucky handball against Rennes aside – is he our best transfer of last window? On a $ spent/ goal contributions ratio – yes and by a long shot. Feels crazy to say it.

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