CM: Milan at risk of becoming too predictable as over-reliance on Leao emerges

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s attack appears to have become over-reliant on Rafael Leao and they are at risk of seeing him burn out, according to a report.

Calciomercato.com writes how this year the Portuguese has made a leap in quality and consistency given he has 11 goals and 6 assists in 29 appearances across all competitions, which is a good return and certainly justifies the faith of the management to stick with him for another season.

However, he is only 22 years of age and while his talent is unquestionable, there is a risk that the attacking department could lean on him too much and he may become less effective as a result.

The former Sporting CP and Lille forward is the man that Stefano Pioli cannot do without, but he must create alternative solutions or there is a risk of the attack becoming predictable. Giroud, Brahim, Rebic, Messias and Saelemaekers simply must get going.

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4 Comments

  1. There’s no risk here, We are already predictable, and I’ve been saying this all season. The defence is the least of our worries, let the management stop chasing shadows. There’s no point or price for “Best Defence”. If you don’t score and score enough, you can’t win. The RW, AM, and Striking positions have been our ‘Achilles heel’ since last year, and the whole of Serie A knows this. Unfortunately, there is no formation to hide this deficiency. We can’t always trust that the referees would do their job right. We can’t always rely on good fortune, or hope that our opponent might not come prepared. You can’t do the same thing the same way every time and expect the same results.

  2. Pioli is the main reason for all Milan problem, and his weak personality was clear in his player performance
    Pioli needs to be at the level of Milan as big club with wining mentality or he should leave to train teams in middle of the table

    1. Agree. The sad thing is there are coaches who know how to win ugly. In the last two games, Milan scored first. You can soak up pressure by having a compact midfield that takes pressure away from your defence. The other team needs to score, so you catch them on the counter and game over.

      Unfortunately, the team failed to do that. That’s because the coach failed to communicate lucid ideas to the players. They were floundering like a rudderless ship.

      Romagnoli has never been a forceful leader on the pitch. Tonali, unfortunately too is everywhere, trying to do too many things. A lot of people praise him, but I think we’re yet to see the best of Tonali. I don’t think Pioli is maximizing him. Calabria, I hope is not feeling the pressure of speculations that Tonali would be captain ahead of him when Romagnoli leaves.

      Giroud doesn’t receive the services he needs, because Diaz is ineffective. Messias is being stymied by Pioli’s tactics. Let the guy be a Brazilian for once.

      You need Bennacer on the field, because he progresses play better than anyone in the team. Kessie is gone – he’s in the past.

      A 4-3-3 with Bennacer and Krunic flanking Tonali may be the best option now, if you won’t play Messias as AM.

      Both Salernitana and Udinese games should have been started with Theo, Leão and Giroud on the bench. Ballo-Toure or Florenzi, Rebic and Saelemaekers should have started with Krunic. After 45mins, you bring the game changers in.

      When you start the game changers and things are not going well, you really don’t have who to bring in, ans sometimes you leave them on hoping they will have an inspired moment.

  3. Nothing special in this report. In era coach Montella/Gattuso our atack always easy to predict from Suso . In that era left Winger too weak because the starter are lord Hakan , now in Pioli era right Winger are weak because starter are saele

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