Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence was felt by AC Milan during Sunday’s draw with Hellas Verona for two key reasons, a report claims.
It was a frustrating encounter on Sunday afternoon at San Siro as Calhanoglu’s free-kick cancelled out Davide Faraoni’s opener, but Milan could not find a way to score a second despite even playing the last 20 minutes with a man advantage.
In the end, the absence of several key players would be felt; namely Simon Kjaer, Andrea Conti, Ismael Bennacer, Rade Krunic and of course Ibrahimovic through flu.
As Tuttosport note in their Monday edition (via MilanNews.it), the absence of the Swede was felt strongly by Pioli’s side as they struggled to fashion a second decisive goal.
Without the 38-year-old, the Rossoneri did not have a precise reference point in attack. In truth, Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao cannot function the same way as a duo when compared to Ibrahimovic and Leao, and this was seen every time a ball went upfield.
In addition, the paper adds that no player was able to make their presence felt inside the penalty area to get on the end of the many crosses which game in. As a result, the attacking department fired a blank.