Sky journalist Marco Nosotti believes that AC Milan proved their capabilities during last night’s 3-0 win over Juventus in Turin.
Milan recorded their first ever win at the Allianz Stadium as Brahim Diaz, Ante Rebic and Fikayo Tomori all got on the scoresheet to secure an unlikely result, at least based on recent form against the Bianconeri over the past 10 years or so. Smart punters might have backed the Rossoneri through sites like betting UK though, given just how shaky Juve have been.
Nosotti spoke exclusively in an interview with MilanNews about last night’s game and about exactly what went right for Milan.
On the decision to play Brahim Diaz from the start…
“In our Saturday night broadcast, we talked about it at length with De Grandis, he didn’t surprise us too much. Little parenthesis: I really appreciate Pioli because he knows how his players are, he knows what they can give him and he works with his staff on these things.
“So I thought that if he made this choice there is a reason, and it concerns both phases. In the possession phase, in attack, he offers no reference points and offers the possibility of attacking the two central players. With Ibra you do not position yourself, you stay high, and then you have the possibility of having quality players who dribble between the lines and therefore without giving points you have players who go inside, they do one on one with quality and speed.
“With Calhanoglu coming in with a strong foot you do density in the middle, with a couple of movements, and we have seen it with Rebic, you create a hole there in front because either the two center backs come out or one from the front has to move back, and if you do a good movement find the man free in the middle and Rebic did it.
“Diaz’s quality could have been a help in that phase and also in the non-possession phase, because there you create density, you disturb the opponent’s construction. It immediately seemed appropriate. Then Theo going forward on the inside found Calha, and so if the Turk was there he could go free on the wing one-on-one. So you could attack well behind the opponent’s right-back.
“I liked this idea of Diaz, it seemed the right choice but I had no doubts because Pioli has knowledge. When he joins a team he enters into it, he enters the hearts of his boys and also in the technical-tactical part, he has strategy. It amazed me, but I thought that if it does so there is a reason.
“How is Rebic, what can Rebic give him? What can Leao give him? It is a complex game, to be interpreted in the round in both phases. It’s not just Diaz who played well, it’s what he brought about in the game and in the choices of others; of Calhanoglu, of Saelemaekers and others. When there are open spaces there are always a couple of players who throw themselves into this Milan that has a high re-aggression and a short restart, it can hurt you. In my opinion he did very very well.”