Tuttosport: ‘CalhIbra’ is the key for Pioli and Milan – rare chemistry that pays off

By Isak Möller -

One creates, and the other scores. And vice versa. Stefano Pioli has an important duo in his system, acting in the attacking phase, formed by Hakan Calhanoglu and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The two have picked up where the left off.

As highlighted by Tuttosport (via MilanNews.it), the victory in Dublin bears their signature. Ibrahimovic scored in the first half – assisted by the No.10 – and Calhanoglu secured the deal in the second half.

Since Stefano Pioli launched the 4-2-3-1, Milan have certainly changed their looks also thanks to the chemistry established between the Swede and the Turk. The ‘CalhIbra’, as the newspaper brands the duo, is one of the secrets of the team.

Calhanoglu acts between the lines and invents the game, while Ibrahimovic takes advantage and 9/10 finishes the chances. The 38-year-old also helps control the play in the attacking phase, not afraid to drop down a bit to combine.

Ibrahimovic helped Calhanoglu a lot to bring out qualities that, in recent years, we had only seen glimpses of. Furthermore, playing as a pure attacking midfielder, in his natural and preferred role, allowed the Turk to express himself at his best.

The two certainly know where to find each other on the pitch, as showcased so many times in 2020, and Pioli is enjoying their importance.

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Tags AC Milan Hakan Calhanoglu Zlatan Ibrahimovic