MN: Celtic clash highlighted Bennacer’s importance as he leads Milan in both phases

By Isak Möller -

Milan’s clash with Celtic confirmed many things for the Milan fans. In addition to the potential of Jens Petter Jauge and Rade Krunic’s versatility, the fundamental importance of Ismael Bennacer was highlighted. 

The Algerian midfielder, who entered the pitch towards the end of the game, illuminated and revitalized the Rossoneri midfield in a few minutes with intelligent play. Not only did he keep things running, but he also set up Hauge’s 3-1 goal.

As highlighted by, the transfer market often teaches us that the most important signings are the least ‘attractive’ ones. The summer of 2019 confirmed this, with Milan taking both Theo Hernandez and Bennacer, not without scepticism.

If the contribution of the French full-back is bursting runs down the left-hand side, the contribution of the Algerian midfielder is more silent but equally fundamental. Of course, this often is the case in the role he plays in.

Bennacer’s performances, almost always impeccable, are often underestimated because they are inconspicuous. The verticality and order that the Algerian gives to the Rossoneri midfield, however, is a fundamental factor in the recent success.

In support of the words just written, the last minutes against Celtic are a perfect testimony of this. Entering in the 66th minute in place of Franck Kessie, Bennacer took over the midfield and discharged the young Sandro Tonali of some responsibilities.

In addition to stopping Celtic’s advances up front, Bennacer gave life to Milan’s attack by serving the wide players and leading the ball into dangerous positions.

Hauge’s goal is a great example of Bennacer’s work: he recovered the ball, found Saelemaekers from a tough angle who then picked up to the Norwegian. Defensive and offensive contribution: this is why Bennacer is essential for Milan.

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