MN: Pioli needs the ‘Brahim’ factor back – goal drought of key duo must end

By Oliver Fisher -

With 180 minutes separating AC Milan from knowing their fate in the Scudetto race, Stefano Pioli needs the contribution of every player in his squad.

MilanNews writes how this also applies to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has been afflicted by several physical problems over the past few months but has not scored since January 9 against Venezia, while at home his last goal was 12 September 2021 against Lazio.

His future is still cloudy, but the present is well defined: Ibrahimovic plans to bring home the title again with Milan, the team that he feels the strongest connection to, and while he is not in perfect shape he will do everything to make a big impact against La Dea on Sunday.

Then there is Brahim Diaz who is also not going through a very easy period in terms of performances and goals. He last scored on 25 September 2021 against Spezia and despite being the only attacking midfielder in the squad, Diaz has lost his starting spot to Kessie and Krunic.

He will probably start from the bench against the Bergamo side, but can be useful as a substitute to try and exploit any space being left. Pioli needs everyone to get the four points needed between now and the end of round 38.

Tags AC Milan Brahim Diaz Zlatan Ibrahimovic


  1. I hope Diaz remains on the bench for all of the final 180 minutes of the season.

    Krunic/Rebic/Kessie all better there. Kessie in particular for this weekend as he has always performed particularly well against his former club. Earlier this year vs Atalanta in October was one of his best matches of the season and of course last year in final match of the season when we needed the win to finish 2nd place (and without the win, we would’ve finished outside the top 4 champions league spots), and Kessie was MOTM and had both goals, won crucial tackles and was fantastic on the ball.

    Despite Krunic being absolutely fantastic against Verona last match, I really do hope Pioli goes with Kessie at the CAM/10 position this weekend as I believe he will step up for us and really wants to help us win the Scudetto and go out on a high note and hopefully will at least some of the Milan fans’ hearts back. I know many ultras will hate him forever (which I think is stupid).

  2. F*** kessie. Krunic did more in that game that Kessi and Diaz did on AM in several. He’s the obvious choice for that position.

  3. Kessie is a better starter, maybe Krunic comes from bench. but whoever plays all we need is to win against Atlanta on sunday. Fozza MILANO

  4. We need kessie’s physicality for Sunday’s match, so I’d go with the idea of playing him in the AMF. Worst case scenario is to get a draw and then beat sassuolo silly.

    But we cannot afford to loose any of these title deciders.

    So it’s either we beat Atalanta and sassuolo or we beat one of them and draw the other. That’s enough

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