MN: Attack holds up despite absences but defence suffers – Milan must act quickly

By Isak Möller -

Zlatan Ibrahimovic testing positive for COVID risked putting Milan in serious difficulty, seeing as they already had to deal with the absence of Rafael Leao and Ante Rebic. However, this didn’t turn out to be the case. 

As highlighted by, Bodo/Glimt proved to be a tough opponent, but Milan managed to bring out their superiority, using the magic from Hakan Calhanoglu. Next Thursday, against Rio Ave, Stefano Pioli will still be without Rebic and Ibrahimovic.

However, Leao will be included in the squad, called up for tomorrow’s clash against Crotone. An important recovery for the Rossoneri in what can be described as a situation of pure emergency.

Paolo Maldini’s words prior to the Bodo/Glimt clash were clear, Milan won’t buy a striker as they trust the players they already have. After all, it very rarely happens that Ibrahimovic, Rebic and Leao all are out at the same time.

Furthermore, the Rossoneri also have the youngster Lorenzo Colombo to rely on, who managed to get on the scoresheet against Bodo/Glimt. The situation is very different for the defence, as the numerical problems were known already last season.

A self-respecting defence, as MilanNews state, must have at least four skilled and consistent players. Milan, despite having five centre-backs, have rarely had more than three at their disposal all together for a year now.

In recent days, many players have been linked with the Rossoneri and it remains to be seen who the latter will focus on. It must also be taken into consideration that Mateo Musacchio will leave next summer, just as Leo Duarte.

Both could have left already, had it not been for the injuries. Investing now, regardless of the formula, could fix the current emergency, increase the chances of winning the Champions League and fix the defence for next season as well.

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