GdS: Pioli’s changes were wrong but the quality in depth is lacking

By Euan Burns -

The substitutions made by Stefano Pioli against AS Roma have been criticised but it is relevant that the bench he had to name was much weaker than he would like, a report suggests.

As has been reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Milan News), some of the blame for the two dropped points against Roma can be apportioned to the changes that Pioli chose to make.

Milan were 2-0 up against the Giallorossi until the 87th minute when Roger Ibanez headed in from a corner. Milan then conceded a free kick which led to a goal for Tammy Abraham and a surprise point for Roma.

Pioli made four changes in the game. One saw Brahim Diaz come on for Tommaso Pobega who scored the second goal. The decision to remove Ismael Bennacer for Aster Vranckx appeared to destabilise Milan though and Roma started to find more space.

It should be said though, that Pioli was without nine players for this match, many of which would have started or been introduced from the bench.

Tags AC Milan AS Roma Aster Vranckx Stefano Pioli Tommaso Pobega


  1. Yes the changes were wrong …Ok Giroud was not briilant ,but when he was taken off whole shape of side unbalanced …When he plays we very rarely lose ..
    We would have one this match ,but the wrong changes made ..I thought rafeol leao was pretty poor to be honest and I thought salemakers offered more .
    Never mind a poor result..We should have won ..
    We still have plenty to play for .

  2. Here you go . Another examples proved that Pioli us nit a tactician. Change formation with 2 goals lead? Why? Fielding short defenders vs taller attackers?
    What a fukn fool

  3. Quality in depth is lacking? I am not sure who is reading these articles…
    We need NEW OWNER as soon as possible. We don’t need Americans any more. Thank you very much for everything, but we don’t need anyone from USE to handle European football club.
    After we find new owner, we can talk about strikers, right winger, attacking midfielder and all players who left FOR FREE and where in our rotation team.

      1. LOL, which owners DON’T care about money? Arabs or Russians who happen to have lakes of oil under their feet? Anyone outside these two groups has EARN their by running proper businesses. It doesn’t grow on trees. Nobody is in the business of throwing money away. By the way Chelsea, who has American owners, has spent 344m Euros this season. That they’re 9th is another story, but ironically maybe one that contains a lesson about spending money for the sake of spending money for all the knuckle draggers on this site. ALSO, we’re still under a UEFA settlement agreement that if violated will result in a ban from European competition. This agreement puts limitations on how much we can spend vs. revenue. Also, new FFP rules limit clubs to spending 70% of income from football related activities. Guess what our ownership as been going about doing? Increasing revenue streams. I have to repeat this ad nauseum. AAAAND finally, PSG has spent 1.6 BILLION, and Man City 1.8 BILLION, over the last 10 years and have ZERO champions leagues to show for it (ultimately the prize they want).

  4. Two things milan has to learn quickly. How to set up to defend set pieces and how to keep a lead. Half the goals against us are from set pieces. You can’t allow a team to comeback like that with less than 5 minutes remaining. They better act quick on the market, they need at least one solid starter to be brought in

    1. I think this is also a height issue. We have a relatively short squad. Neither of our starting CBs are taller than 6’1″. If a CM is brought in as a “Kessie replacement” he needs to be tall, nothing less than 6’3″ to give us some height on set pieces both defensively and offensively.

  5. The problem with having 2 undersized CB’s who are bad in the air. Also, I think we have learned by now that we can never take Bennacer off the pitch. The midefield is shambles without him.

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