MN: Determination and desire even off the bench – Pioli utilising in-game solutions perfectly

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are no longer bound to finding a way to win with the 11 players they put on the field from minute one, which is a testament to their depth.

Milan were forced to grind out a win against Spezia yesterday, scoring through Brahim Diaz inside the final five minutes to make sure the Rossoneri moved onto five wins from six and top of the league, at least until Napoli play.

As MilanNews writes, it was the two attacking midfielders Daniel Maldini and Brahim Diaz that settled the game. The former scored on his first ever Serie A start and ensured that the Maldini family are the first to net across three different generations.

Daniele Verde’s goal ten minutes from the end looked like snatching a point for Spezia but Pioli decided to react immediately to the goal conceded and sent on his No.10, and after less than 5 minutes the Spanish playmaker netted another key goal.

The Malaga-born Diaz collected a perfect pass from Saelemaekers and slotted under Zoet to ensure victory for his team. The Rossoneri demonstrated once again compactness, solidity and cohesion and finally – despite the numerous absences – that they have men capable of deciding games from the bench.

Those who are not in the XI come on and demonstrate determination and desire. The coach has stressed many times that for him there are no regular and reserve players but everyone must always feel ready to be part of the team, and this philosophy is now filtering through.

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