AC Milan’s recent win against Inter has them feeling like they might be able to take the Scudetto race right down to the wire, and they can rely on various certainties down the spine of their team.
La Gazzetta dello Sport starts by talking about Olivier Giroud, who has led the line in the last few games and is already in double figures for the season. The Champions League winner and World Cup winner has made sure Milan do not miss Zlatan Ibrahimovic too much.
His experience and his eye for goal have really shone in the past couple of games during which he scored a brace to defeat city rivals Inter and then got another quickfire double against Lazio in the cup. When he hits form, he is hard to stop.
Then there is Sandro Tonali, the industrial leader of the midfield department, the youngest member but the most authoritative. His first season was not without its difficulties, but now he is back in the national team and he is fundamental for the balance of Pioli’s game. His flexibility is precious and makes him a perfect match for both Kessie and Bennacer, with his quality and confidence there for all to see.
Moving to the defence, the loss of Simon Kjaer for the rest of the season was a shock, but over time Milan have been able to cope. First Kalulu and Gabbia stepped up admirable, while from Sunday it will be the turn of Romagnoli and Tomori to continue their partnership together with the Englishman back after a knee injury. The spine is in place, and Pioli can smile.