AC Milan have been left to do a bit of introspection after their shock defeat against Spezia on Monday night, and Stefano Pioli now has a major selection dilemma ahead of the visit of Juventus this weekend.
This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanNews) writes that Pioli granted a day of rest to his team after the loss agains the Ligurians and they will therefore return to training today at Milanello to start preparing for the weekend match against Juventus, which is one where the Rossoneri cannot afford another slip-up at home.
There are some tough choices to be made, especially in the forward department where there is a battle between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud for the role of starting centre-forward. The Swede played starter against Spezia and failed to score again, meaning he has not netted at home since the 2-0 win over Lazio, while the Frenchman has scored all his goals at home.
Of course, we know how much Ibra wants to play matches like the one on Sunday against his former side Juventus and therefore it will not be easy for Pioli to leave him out. After the game against the Bianconeri there will be a break for the South American national teams for World Cup qualifiers, so both players will be able to get back to top form.
Who Pioli plays against Juve will depend on the type of striker he wants, because Ibra is in fact a centre-forward who is also a quarter-back, while Giroud gets less involved overall in build-up play but takes up more dangerous positions for crosses.