MN: The nine players that Pioli considers pillars of his Milan side – the right flank needs work

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have established a core of players that they wish to build their starting XI and squad around in 2020-21, a report claims.

According to MilanNews, Rossoneri head coach Stefano Pioli has a ‘spine’ of reliable performers that he can call upon reliably and intends to do so in the next season.

It starts with Gianluigi Donnarumma between the sticks, with the 21-year-old having shown even further development in 2019-20 by wearing the armband in Alessio Romagnoli’s absense.

Speaking of Romagnoli, he and Theo Hernandez are nailed on to be the pillars of the left side of the defender, with the former having formed a great centre-back pairing with Simon Kjaer.

Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessie are two players who are virtually immovable at this point. The African duo had an exceptional run of games after lockdown, and even with the reported arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko it is difficult to imagine a different double pivot.

Moving forward, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are the others considered part of Pioli’s pillars as all were fantastic during 2020, with the Turkey international in particular hitting another gear after the resumption of Serie A.

The aforementioned suggests that the right side is where improvements are needed, at right-back and right wing to be precise.


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