Tuttosport: Kessie’s absence more damaging than first thought as Milan struggle

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan had to fight extremely hard last night to get all three points against what was a nine-man Bologna in the end. Safe to say, with that description in mind, that it wasn’t great from the Rossoneri without some key players. 

Franck Kessie is one of the players that missed out on the game yesterday. The list also included the likes of Mike Maignan, Theo Hernandez and Brahim Diaz. In other words, several key players were out.

As highlighted by today’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanNews), Milan have lacked solidity and balance in the last few outings. It seems the absence of Kessie might be more damaging than first thought.

That’s not to say that Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali didn’t do well, but the stamina of Kessie is hard to make up for. On Tuesday, he should play from the first minute and it will be interesting to see if the difference is noticeable.

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  1. Tuttosport as always with their crackpot analysis. Kessie’s absence is not the reason we played badly yesterday. We lacked intensity and a playmaker.

  2. No Theo and Brahim is why Milan suffered. Kessie would have had no impact, he isn’t a playmaker and he was extremely defensive this season so not really sure what game those idiots watched but their analysis is so wrong it makes them look borderline incompetent.

    1. Very true, and Maignan’s absence is being felt. The current defence is not that confident with Tatarusanu at the back. After a game people may Castillejo is the RW, but there truth is we need a good RW this January. Castillejo/Saelesmaekers are good for a few matches but not for a season.

  3. The game wasn’t as bad as everybody says. Milan had it all under control but Bolgona came back into the game with a lucky owngoal. The second goal was very well played, but one of the onlt times they broke through the Milan defense. Then after the 2nd red card everybody expects an easy walkover, but the game simply came to a standstill because Bologna stopped the play on many occasions to win time (which is an absolutely natural thing to do). That 2nd red card made it a very difficult game for everybody. Milan did enough to break the deadlock once the game was underway and scored twice. It didn’t look pretty, but it was not as if they wouldn’t have won. When the opponent loses 2 players, everybody wants to make the winning goal which makes them forget to defend as well. Giroud came close as well. Ibra may have been slow, but he gave an excellent assist and scored a beauty. He will improve if he plays more

  4. One more thing in case u block heads don’t know Bennecer is far better than that Cow kessie, infact i sincerely prefers Bakayoko to him i swear so don’t get it twisted

  5. Lol what?? Tonali and Bennacer are our best midfield and that’s that. Kessie is solid but had nothing to do with the bad Bologna match. We suffered because Krunic is not an AM and was a waste of space, Samu was ineffective, and Ibra looked sluggish and seemed really off. Had legitimately nothing to do with our midfield of Tonali/Bennacer…

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