In order to fight for the Scudetto until the end, AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli must get the best out of two players who were vital last season.
Calciomercato.com write how Franck Kessie certainly hasn’t reached the same levels that he did last season. The midfield can count on Sandro Tonali who has taken a huge step forward and Ismael Bennacer who continues to be a very precious player in terms of build-up and winning duels, but the Ivorian is not offering the same guarantees.
He does have five goals this season, but what is missing is the sense of physical overwhelming power transmitted on the pitch in 2020-21. There is perhaps no bigger indication of this than the fact he is now being used further forward.
Meanwhile, Pioli also needs to get the best out of Ante Rebic, who closed last season with 11 goals and 7 assists to his name after a fantastic second half of the season. Repeated injuries have ruined the Croatian’s 2021-22 season so far but the hope was that the goal against Salernitana on 19 February would spark him into life.
Unfortunately that hasn’t happened and he has struggled since, all while Brahim Diaz keeps failing to make an impact and minimal output is coming from the right side, leaving Rafael Leao alone in leading the attack.