GdS: Milan struggling for contributions from the bench – the numbers

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are struggling in multiple facets at the moment, one of which is their inability to get contributions from substitutes.

La Gazzetta dello Sport write how in 2023 Milan have only had one goal from a substitute that directly led to obtaining points, which was Tommaso Pobega’s goal against Roma on January 8. Divock Origi’s goal against Sassuolo was off the bench but that was to make it 5-2.

Pioli needs goals from the bench, but it is something that has not been forthcoming this season so far. Ante Rebic got one against Empoli, Olivier Giroud at home against Spezia and Rafael Leao versus Monza.

How many of them were decisive? Giroud’s was, in Milan’s 2-1 win against the Ligurians, as was Pobega’s in the draw with Roma even if the away side did come back and get a point. Rebic’s made it 1-0 in Empoli, while when Leao scored it was 3-1 at the time.

Excluding Juventus, all the teams fighting for a place in the Champions League have done better than Milan in terms of getting goals off the bench. Napoli leads the standings with 12 goals from the bench, followed by Fiorentina (11) and Udinese (8).

Inter are doing better (7) along with Cremonese (7). Atalanta, Sassuolo, Rome and Lazio are at 6. Salernitana, Empoli and Milan are on 5. Behind them are Juve and Monza with 4. Then Bologna and Lecce with 3, Sampdoria and Torino with 2 and finally Spezia and Verona with just one goal.

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  1. What about Adli. Potentiel is here… Maldini saw it but Pioli is still wondering… Looks like the struggle is on the bench but not on player only…

  2. Milan suck donkey balls this season, mainly because of their tight-arsed owners. They were exceptionally lucky in the summer mercato of 2021, and fairly unlucky in the summer mercato of 2022 – these things balance each other out. The only way around the vicissitudes of fortune on the free market is to SPEND SOME BLOODY MONEY.

  3. They don’t even play their bench for more than a few minutes here and there. Nor does pioli play a formation suitable for our subs. They’re all midfielders and we play a 2 mid formation… smart…..

  4. This goes to show the stupidity of our owners and management. Milan spent 45m on 2 players that are not adding any quality to the team. Buying CDK from the Belgian league for 35m is dummest move ever. He’s not playing in a top league and therefore, his talent level doesn’t warrant such hefty investment.

    Milan spend 10m on Adli but yet Pioli doesn’t use him or find a system to get the best out of him. 433 would make sense with players we have.

  5. Milan should use the 4-3-2-1 formation it will work out Milan need a Good formation at least defend give passes and score I told Milan management that we can’t rely on 3-4-2-1 now see the outcome and will we soon play Napoli

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