MN: The true dilemma for Pioli is the midfield – three great players for two spots

By Isak Möller -

Compared to last season, AC Milan have much better depth and have thus managed to ride out the injury crisis at the start of the season. But the increased competition has given Stefano Pioli more to think about. 

As highlighted by MilanNews, the manager’s real dilemma is the midfield tandem, where there are currently three great players fighting over two spots.

Sandro Tonali is the real surprise, as stated by the outlet, as no one expected him to explode so quickly. We all knew his qualities but after just ten games, he has become an almost irreplaceable element of the Rossoneri midfield, and that is impressive.

Ismael Bennacer has recovered and is now in good shape again, playing very well in the last few games. Having said that, Kessie has recovered from his tough start and Pioli has always considered him a key player for the team.

All three have different characteristics, there’s no doubt about it, but it seems Pioli is still struggling with the selection for each game. This is, of course, a luxury problem and one  Milan should be happy about.

READ MORE: Pioli confirms Rebic is still injured and will miss Milan’s game against Roma

Tags AC Milan Franck Kessie Ismaël Bennacer Sandro Tonali Stefano Pioli


    1. And then what about Diaz? His creativity and possession are obviously what we’ve been missing over the course of the last 3-4 games. He is untouchable in my book. I think the answer is obvious: Sit Kessie, since he is refusing to renew. That way Bennacer and Tonali can develop their partnership, and Tonali can continue to grow as a player.

        1. well then its practically a 4-2-1-3 and not a 4-3-3 and id even go as far to say that due to the wingers forward and backward movements its practically the same formation as we currently use called a 4-2-3-1

          1. Yeah, I was not advocating a change in formation. Not sure why people thought I was. In other words, one is not needed because Kessie shouldn’t be playing. Therefore there is no issue in having to figure out how to play Tonali, Bennacer and Kessie at the same time, and therefore no need to change formation.

          2. was thinking out of Fifa- there’s a 4-3-3 Attack formation with two cm and a cam.. Kessie provides only backup now for Tonali/Bennacer as his days are surely numbered, we still need another attacking midfielder since Diaz will be a hard bargain if he continues like this, Krunic/Messias are not starters

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