MN: Milan need a plan B without Ibrahimovic – signings unlikely so solutions are needed

By Oliver Fisher -

Despite the fact that the goals continue to come in pairs at least, AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli must try and find a Plan B before his side become predictable.

As MilanNews reports, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front the system can be built around the striker, but clinging to the centre-forward becomes a problem and is anything but productive.

The reason is very simple: neither Rafael Leao nor Ante Rebic have the same characteristics as the Swede, but Pioli continues to use this solution which makes the job a lot easier for opposition defenders.

The Rossoneri also need a plan B, because even if Ibrahimovic is set to return in the next couple of games it is almost inevitable that the Rossoneri will have to face the problem again later in the season, given that he is 39 years of age and muscle problems are becoming more frequent.

The report adds though that the management do not seem willing to intervene on the market in that precise role, so Pioli will have to make do with what he has.

Milan, even without Ibra, produced many scoring chances but the centre-forwards (mostly Rebic and Leao for a brief spell) have struggled. Playing with their back to goal or doing dirty work is not their strength, so it might be that the game style needs to change if the players won’t.

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