Tuttosport: Pioli deserves questioning after two strange selection choices vs. Sampdoria

By Oliver Fisher -

Some of Stefano Pioli’s selection choices for the 1-1 draw against Sampdoria deserve to come under scrutiny, according to a report.

Milan looked off that pace at home again as they were forced to settle for a point against Claudio Ranieri’s side, who took the lead through Fabio Quagliarella but held on to avoid defeat despite going down to 10 men with the majority of the second half still to play.

Today’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanNews) focuses on the line-up chosen by Stefano Pioli against Sampdoria and highlights a couple of initial choices that seemed to have a negative impact on Milan’s performance.

Alexis Saelemaekers was chosen as the right-back and therefore Samu Castillejo took a spot on the right wing, when it seems natural to play Pierre Kalulu there and have the Belgian up the field. In addition, Pioli’s decision to play Rade Krunic over Ante Rebic on the left wing seemed bizarre. In the case of the Croatian, Pioli will have had his reasons, but if he didn’t have 90 minutes in his legs it would have been better to play him immediately and then bring him off, or play Hauge instead.

Tags AC Milan Milan Sampdoria

7 Comments

  1. Agustinar says:

    He is just stupid. He choose player on personal ground. That’s why Hauge didn’t start or try him on right wing. Sooner or later he will ruin this team like Montella.

    1. victor says:

      Hauge told Pioli: Stupid you. You should have put me on the field earlier, if not from the very first minute.

  2. Agustinar says:

    We need better coach next season. Allegri would be the best option

  3. Tomato says:

    This article is spot on!

  4. orang edan says:

    This is not the first time. Pioli has never learnt from mistake in the past. Look how Milan got dump by Manchester United. Never understand why force to play player not in his natural position or at least proven able to play. Krunic as a left winger? Even at his natural position he never proof to be consistent enough. Also saleemaker as right back? What a joke? He got kalulu or even Dalot even not consistent but at least it’s their natural position. I also don’t understand why never even let Hauge to start? I think it’s better him than krunic as left winger. Now at the way Milan performing even top 4 we may even loose it.

  5. carra says:

    Pioli have been good in lifting Milan…Maybe he is not the right one to lift them any higher….

  6. Juro says:

    Agree with this article 100 percent. What was Pioli thinking??

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