MN: Pioli pondering attacking options ahead of Napoli game – one selection battle

By Oliver Fisher -

The AC Milan coaching staff granted the team Monday and Tuesday off, but they are busy preparing for Sunday’s crucial game against Napoli.

MilanNews reports how Stefano Pioli – together with his staff – has already started preparing for Sunday night’s match against Luciano Spalletti’s side. The Rossoneri head coach has one major doubt in his mind and that is about the attacking trident he should field behind the centre-forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

At the moment it seems as though Junior Messias and Alexis Saelemaekers are candidates for a starting spot in the big match at San Siro, while the real battle is the one between Brahim Diaz and Rade Krunic. That infers that Saelemaekers would be on the right, Messias down the middle and one of Krunic or Brahim on the left.

The recent struggles to score goals as freely as the opening games of the season has led to calls for things to be freshened up, so we could see a trio not used before, especially with Leao and Rebic out.

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  1. Seriously? He didn’t learn from the last game that you cannot have both Krunic and Saelemakers in the game. Neither one can create any offense. Pioli’s love for Krunic is the most bewildering thing I’ve ever seen.

  2. I understand that he does not have too many options at the moment, but his obsession with Krunic is really getting out of hand. Has he not seen enough that from Krunic you cannot expect anything meaningful in attack? How are we going to score if we don’t have creative players who can break the opponent’s defensive lines and create some chances? Milan is turning slowly into an impotent man, who tries to score, but alas, finds himself in a miserable situation of falling short of that goal.

  3. My problem with Pioli is that in the beginning of the season he wants to win games. As the season goes on and Milan are high flying, he somewhere along the way starts to play not to lose instead of play to win..

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