Team news: Roma were without Chris Smalling, Roger Ibañez, Davide Santon, Riccardo Calafiori, Nicolò Zaniolo and Edin Džeko while Milan had to do without Ismaël Bennacer, Daniel Maldini and Mario Mandžukić. Kickoff time was 20:45 CET at Stadio Olimpico.

Goals: Kessié (42′ pk), Veretout (50′), Rebić (58′)

A.S. Roma (3-4-1-2) – Paulo Fonseca
Pau López; Gianluca Mancini, Bryan Cristante, Federico Fazio (62′ Bruno Peres); Rick Karsdorp, Gonzalo Villar (70′ Stephan El Shaarawy), Jordan Veretout (78′ Amadou Diawara), Leonardo Spinazzola; Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Borja Mayoral (78′ Pedro).
Unused: Fuzato, Mirante, Juan Jesus, Kumbulla, Pastore, Pérez.

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjær, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernández; Sandro Tonali (82′ Soualiho Meïté), Franck Kessié; Alexis Saelemaekers (82′ Samu Castillejo), Hakan Çalhanoğlu (46′ Brahim Díaz), Ante Rebić (67′ Rade Krunić); Zlatan Ibrahimović (56′ Rafael Leão).
Unused: A. Donnarumma, Tătăruşanu, Dalot, Gabbia, Kalulu, Romagnoli, Hauge.

Referee: Marco Guida.

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AC Milan
AC Milan
1 month ago

Can someone tell Paoli to put Hague to the right wing?

Deku
Deku
1 month ago
Reply to  AC Milan

Krunic for Rebic was weird sub

Nesta1
Nesta1
1 month ago

We are sitting deep again, there must be 40 yards between our midfield and strikers

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

lol the commentators talked about how dubious milan penalty was for 5 straight minutes in 1st half and just now he made happy scream when he thought mkhitaryan won penalty. biased much?

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

For once we agree. I told my roommate the same thing. Just listen to how much the announcers downplay Milan. They plain and simple don’t want Milan to be successful

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

and its not the first time these jokers did this. they’ve been saying same exact crap since dec. very unprofessional

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Exactly. All I hear is how Milan are overachieving but we have been playing amazing since the second half of last year. So how can we be overachieving when our form simply carried over. I’ve never seen such unprofessionalism from pundits before.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

im pretty sure theyre either interisti or juventini. clowns

spikemmy
spikemmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Wait till we play United. Those commentators will obviously be twerking for the English club

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  spikemmy

Your not lying, it’s gonna be horrible listening to them all game.

Philldadon1899
Philldadon1899
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

I was actually watching this game with my wife and told her I will be watching the games on MUTE from now on.

These commentators have been talking about Milan like we are some run of the mill team that doesnt belong in Serie A.

I agree with you. I think they are Juventini, Interista, or United supporters. And are still very sour about 2007.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

lol has brahim even touched the ball yet? what a “playmaker”. just play him as lw or better yet, rw ffs

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

He has done absolutely nothing really.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

he should play rw. he has same characteristics as munir, lucas vazquez and cengiz under. and he DID play rw for spain jr, scoring 2 goals earlier this season. im sure he can do better as rw. as am he has no presence at all; no passing no dribbling. just gets ragdolled like a child all game

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Diaz is overrated and shouldn’t be playing at all. Hauge SHOULD be playing ahead of Diaz.

I can’t wait for us to send him back to Madrid. He has no end products.

Milan should consider selling Leao too who is lazy AF.

Nino
Nino
1 month ago

Okay. Something has happened somewhere between Pioli and Hauge.

First, Hauge is excluded from Europa.

Now, he’s not even getting game time in a game like this where he can take the game to that tired Roma backline?

With Saelaemaker out, you switch Diaz to RW, Krunic to AM and Hauge to LW. Leao stays central and can interchange with Hauge. This is just stupid bringing on Castillejo.

So much for believing in a player. And this is a Milan player – not someone on loan!

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Nino

Yeah. I agree. Pioli can say what they want but already Hauge is out of his plans. Not sure why but Hauge must feel like his coach no trust and confidence in him. Shocking

Dindudre
Dindudre
1 month ago
Reply to  Nino

I said the same thing bro. Idk what the problem is but it will definitely affect his confidence. Smh

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

finally castipendejo is contributing positively

by lying down the pitch wasting precious time lol

Nesta1
Nesta1
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Yep that’s what I was thinking

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

lol krunic nearly had an assist. luckily roma player shot straight at donna. who tf cleared the ball like that? he should’ve kicked it to the sideline. fkn pioli boytoy smh

Roberto Giano
1 month ago

for the first time I felt Krunic is useful in defensive phase

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Roberto Giano

His poor clearance also turned into an assist for Roma.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
1 month ago

Super result. Grande Milan, Grande Pioli!! Bravo.

This is aggression and intensity that got us where we are. Beating Roma at their home with top 4 as the stakes is nothing trivial. Great job all around.

Only bad thing is the injuries Hopefully there not serious.

Nesta1
Nesta1
1 month ago

Great win lads well done, see Maldini celebrating lol

Gems
Gems
1 month ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Beautiful
Forza Milan
Big much needed win
We should have scored a couple 1st 15mins .
Few calls went our way , but of luck
But we deserved the win

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago

FORZA FORZA FORZA MILAN!!!!!

Great win. We’re not done yet. Good job papa Pioli and the boys!

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
1 month ago

Castillejo came in and since he made 1 turnover that almost cost us the game and 1 yellow card. What a playef

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Ranajaya

And don’t forget that he almost died when he was kicked (touched really) by the opposing player. He screamed and kept punching the ground while Roma was attacking us – then he got up and was fine. WTF!

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
1 month ago

Oh Lord !! I can now breath again..I stopped watching the match after our second goal cos my heart was fast. Lol

Milan
Milan
1 month ago

Defense line fixed. Not so many commentors today since folks thought we will lose.

Nino
Nino
1 month ago

Let start off with the positive. A win is a win. 3 points in the bag – and on the road, at the Olympico for that matter.

First half was good. Second half wasn’t bad.

Question is: what exactly is Hauge’s sin?

Stuball78
Stuball78
1 month ago
Reply to  Nino

I can only imagine Pioli thinks he doesn’t track back? I personally think Hauge should have come on… very strange

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Nino

Hard to question Pioli after we beat Roma in their own home. Hauge obviously isn’t doing enough in training to earn his spot – he just needs to work harder and he will get his chances.

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
1 month ago

Huge win for Milan, but honestly, either team could’ve easily won the match considering how sloppy both team defended

Rossi
Rossi
1 month ago

Nerve racking game. Kjaer/Tomori partnership looked good as expected. It will only get better once they get used to each other. Most important thing is that we just beat a direct competitor for the CL spot. We are 8 points ahead of 5th placed Roma now.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago

Man once we get a better right wing, we will be a mean team. I watched ikone, since he’s linked with us and wow that guy is a beast. Speed, power, dribbling out of this world. 30-35 mil is a steal and must be spent. Also buy tomori as well. Roman sits the bench from now on. And finally hauge must have done something sooo incredibly bad to not get any play time when our wingers on the right side are that bad. It makes no sense

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
1 month ago

The race for the top 4 In Serie A this season its like an elephant trying to pass through the eye of a needle. Just look at the table and check out how close all the top seven are to one another !

Nesta1
Nesta1
1 month ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

Atalanta is our main threat

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

phew, that was tight. congrats for pioli and the boys for 1st (hard fought) win in 3 weeks. roma just cant win vs big boys, can they? in 1st half milan displayed their best football in 2021; great pressing and passing, fast transition from defense to attack, and great mentality too. too bad the finishing just wasnt there. in 2nd half pioli had to pioli with his weird defensive subs. i know it got the job done but thats because roma just aint inter or other great team of that level. better team would’ve scored equalizer for sure. as usual,… Read more »

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Is it just me or Hakan has not been good for a while now? He doesn’t deserve the money he is asking for – Milan should let him go and bring someone better, someone who will perform on top level in each game.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

yeah hakan hasnt been up to standard lately, and im pretty sure its due to getting injured and covid simultaneously. rebic’s been having similar problems but thankfully he’s getting better now. mind u, hakan was fantastic last season and earlier this season and if it wasnt for him milan wouldnt have been unbeatable in serie a for so long and gotten eliminated embarrassingly from el (remember his stellar performances vs hauge’s bodo and vs inter?) if money isnt the problem i’d love to see one of de paul or odegaard playing for milan. but then again, money’s always the main… Read more »

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Ted
Ted
1 month ago

We have busy and tough schedule ahead so I’m glad the lads took a big scalp tonight to boost their mentality.

I am worried about Rebić and Zlatan. Once more Rebić showed us what an indespensable player he is for this team. A true SS, technical, fast and aggresive. Hope they’re OK.

Also, welcome back Diaz, I really missed his energy on the field.

Forza Milan!

Nino
Nino
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted

Diaz?! Energy?

Rruudboy
Rruudboy
1 month ago

Please pioli, keep romagnoli out for a short period of time, I know he will bounce back cos he’s a class but at least for now pls

Jon
1 month ago

Hauge.. I just miss him. Pioli needs to fix him somewhere, I think all he’s lacking is the confidence to breakthrough the defense. That’s all.
GIVE HIM SOME PLAYTIME PIOLI.

dejan10
dejan10
1 month ago

Just beaten Roma in Rome but I thought “Pioli’s garbage” and “we’re on a freefall down the table”?? Sheesh…

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  dejan10

Exactly! I see a lot of people say Hauge should play and that Pioli sucks etc. Milan just beat Roma in Rome and that’s pretty fricken awesome. I have not seen much from Hauge that would justify his place on the field.

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Roma has loss to all the top six teams. What’s so awesome about beating them when they have a depleted squad due to injuries and suspensions? They had their two starting CBs out and Dzeko. Cristante is not a CB. So i expected Milan to beat Roma with only Bennacer missing from our starting 11. You guys have low expectations. Krunic is deadweight and Castellijo is a total waste man. Hauge would have been a better substitute. Most of us here having been saying Romagnoli is awful and he’s liability. Pioli just now had the balls to drop him when… Read more »

dejan10
dejan10
1 month ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

I agree with everything you just said (apart from low expectations) but isn’t it even more amazing that we beat Roma WITHOUT Pioli seeing sense and playing Hauge and WITH Krunic and Castellijo in the team? 🙂

I’m not talking about you but some fans take things a little far with their whining though as soon as we have a couple bad results when the spine of the team’s been in and out through injury for the last two months but we were still in first place until recently, no?

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  dejan10

We didn’t need Hauge to beat Roma so I can’t agree with your comment Pioli playing Krunic and Castellijo. As a matter of fact Pioli’s substitutions could have cost us the game. Hauge played as an AM for Bode Glint against us in the Europa League and he scored an amazing goal 25yards out. I honestly don’t even understand why Brahim Diaz a player on loan is getting more playing time than Hauge who is our player especially in the AM position. Hauge should be Calhanoglu natural substitute. I’ve seen Pioli play Meite of people another player on loan as… Read more »

dejan10
dejan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Agreed. Imo Hague could be great but he’s young and isn’t given the playing time.

Nino
Nino
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

If you say Hauge is not good enough; why wasn’t he sent out on loan in January?

Goid that Milan won. We are happy. But come on. Roma was chasing the game. Rebic is going off due to injury – who else should take over that wing with Leao in as striker?

I suspect, Pioli is trying to re-mold in the same way Giampaolo affected Paqueta. Think about the fact that Hauge played when Bonera took brief charge after Pioli caught COVID-19.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Nino

Ya there’s no way hauge isn’t better than krunic. It was an obvious change to make. You could see how much pressure was on the team when we had Diaz as a glass 9! Like come on man. Your risking the game on a personal grudge or something.

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Exactly. Diaz as a number 9 with Leao on the pitch who has proven that he can play as a striker and score goals? Diaz has 1 goal this season Leao has 5. Shocking decision by Pioli. This dumb move gave Roma more space for their CBs to push 5-10m forward to help in their build up attack as Diaz was no threat upfront. This is why I have my reservation about Pioli. He almost throw the game believe it or not. SMH I agree that it was the right decision for Milan to stick with him for continuity but… Read more »

Nino
Nino
1 month ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Just thinking…

Consider what Pioli said when Tomori was suggested as a partner for Kjaer in the derby, is it possible that someone – perhaps Maldini made the call for him to drop Romagnoli and field Tomori against Roma? Look at the way Maldini celebrated the win…

I can understand Pioli’s reluctance to drop his captain perfectly well. But there are times you have to be decisive and ruthless as a coach. I’m not too sure, Tomori starting the game against Roma was Pioli’s call. If it is, he certainly deserves credit.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Nino

You know I didn’t even think about that. Remember pioli said Roman will start the game against red star and he will start against Roma. Those were his words. And then all of a sudden Roman is dropped for tomori. I think your right. This was not his call. For whatever reason pioli doesn’t want to play tomori as much and he clearly doesn’t like hauge. I mean look at our teams subs for offense! Amd yet hauge sits the bench lol

Milanfan4ever
Milanfan4ever
1 month ago

Congrats to our boys. Deserved win. High press and more running and linking up than usual. Hakan not 100%, but he’ll get there. Yes, performances like the 1st half will get us to cl ( just gotta watch encounters when u high press).

Nesta1
Nesta1
1 month ago

Tomori had more passes (60) and more clearences (6) than anyone else, must sign him

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Yeah. He’s good and he still had a lot of room for improvement. Next season he will be a top defender.

We need a replacement for Kjaer too. Gabbia is not there yet and Kalulu still too young even though he’s impressive than Gabbia.

Ashraf
1 month ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

Gabbia is great defender almost close to tomori so we just need buck up only

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashraf

I don’t agree with that. Gabbia should be a backup and not a starter. Kalulu is ahead of him to be honest.

We need good defender like Botman, Simakan or Melinkovic.

Gems
Gems
1 month ago
Reply to  Nesta1

Yeah tomori needs to be signed permanently
Tomori kjaer every game now
Yeah hakan to inconsistent to be asking for huge pay rise , his form lately has a lot to do with the rut
We were in ,Before this big win.
Yes hauge has been unlucky after scoring a couple brilliant goals to get us through group stage of Europa , definitely thought he could become a decisive weapon but he seems out of the plans.
Shame about the injuries today

ZahidHossain
ZahidHossain
1 month ago

25 wins needed for CL spot:
16 done n 9 more to go….
We missed 6 goals today, it would have been Milan 8 : Roma 2…. What ever it is…
Happy counting, Happy feeling

Roberto Giano
1 month ago

play 442 : Calabria-Kjaer-Tomori-Romag (DF). Saelemaker-Bennacer-Kessie-Theo (MF).

Bush
Bush
1 month ago

Good job boys.
Don’t worry guys, I think Pioli will come around. He is just a slow learner. It took him a while to realize that Romagnoli is underperforming but surely he did realize it and he benched him. I think the same will happen with Saladmaker sooner or later.
MVP for me is Rebic or Tomori

Zumblim
Zumblim
1 month ago

Great win for milan!! Wishing that Castillejo got badly injured instead of Hakan,Ibra and Rebric for the rest of season. So pioli is not able to field him anymore
Really don’t understand how pioli really likes this lad!!

Milanfan4ever
Milanfan4ever
1 month ago

Different topic here but, I’ve been readimg the news lately that real madrid Nd other big teams are after locatteli. That hurts. We let the kid go for free and its not likr he had bad performances with us. He showed more for us in 3 games than tonali has the entire season. Shame. Hopefully management learns from this and never repeats it. After all, he was homegrown talent and thats this management’s main objective. Water under the bridge now i guess.

Philldadon1899
Philldadon1899
1 month ago
Reply to  Milanfan4ever

Tonali has been getting better every game he has played. He saved a certain goal yesterday. Everyone on this board likes to bring up players we got rid of. Lets go down the list. Andre Silva (killing it absolutely, but in Germany) some players just arent cut out for Serie A. I dont believe Silva is one of those as I feel he never got a fair shake here. Cristante has bounced around since he left and hasnt really shown much IMO. Paqueta. Flashed at times under Gattuso but had a very poor attitude and like many Brazilians was extremely… Read more »

Philldadon1899
Philldadon1899
1 month ago

Lets have a talk about Leao. I have never been so on the fence about a player before. Say what you want about Hauge but he isnt LAZY. Leao looks like he isnt interested unless the ball is on his feet. There was a moment yesterday where we could have broken for a counter attack and he just stopped running after the ball. Pioli was LIVID on the touchlines. Its little things like that when you sit there and say. Now I know why out of form Rebic is starting over Leao. He works. He isnt lazy. Leao reminds me… Read more »

Rossi
Rossi
1 month ago
Reply to  Philldadon1899

Leao gets tired very fast. He lacks stamina. Thats why he does two good runs per game and then just faides away. Hauge runs more and has more stamina, but his style of play is very gentle/non physical. His tracking back is ussles since he just stops close to the opponent and never tries to tackle, as if he is not even there. Once Hauge improve physicaly his other atributes will shine, and he will be able to play in a top league. Thats why i prefer Leao over Hauge, at least he can do something before he gas out.… Read more »

Philldadon1899
Philldadon1899
1 month ago
Reply to  Rossi

Leao gets tired fast? Really? LOL. Hes a footballer under 25. Stamina shouldnt be an issue. He is LAZY. Period. Gattuso wasnt skilled but damn did he have heart. He would run for 90 minutes and still have stamina left. And that was at 30 years old. Dont blame stamina. he is lazy. Period.

Rossi
Rossi
1 month ago
Reply to  Philldadon1899

Stamina dosent depend only on age. For exp big people tire out quicker, for some one like Leao to sprint it takes a lot more energy than for someone small like Rino or Calabria lets say. There are other factors included. Watch how heavily he is breathing after a couple of sprints. I don’t remember which game was it, but he was on all 4 after 90min of play. He lacks stamina.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Philldadon1899

If you go back and look at my assessments of leao, I’ve always said he’s very lazy. I’ve said over and over if he could play to his potential for at least 70 mins of the game he would be unplayable but he simply just won’t do it. He’s lazy asf and it kills me. As a forward and winger my whole life, I can say he has the tools but won’t make it big if he can’t play to his potential at least 70% of the time. Look at his runs even, he barely uses his speed and his… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

WE NOW RETURN TO MILAN10 MUSINGS as predicted, like ben before them, hakan and ibra DO have muscle injuries and its confirmed that ibra will need at least 10 days to recover and thus will miss man utd game. thankfully rebic seems to be ready for udinese match as he only has minor injury. mandzukic better be ready soon because having only leao as st wont be enough. speaking of striker, andriy “the giant” silva said in his recent intview, “I am the second best scorer in Europe and I want to continue like this, I would like to win… Read more »

Milanellofm
Milanellofm
1 month ago

The first half was exactly the reaction we needed. Only thing missing was the important, the finishing. But after a run of poor games it was a great bounceback. To look at the positive, rebic was a monster, I hope his this continues for him cause he was great. Tomori stepped in and what a game it was from him. He seriously put up for debate if he should start or not. Pace, aggressiveness, positioning all spectacular. Also Kessie and tonali had a great game. Onto the negatives. Calhanoglu has shown exactly why he doesn’t deserve a 5m contract. Hes… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Milanellofm

I agree with everything you said and why I said we needed a better cam. It’s gonna be hard even for Diaz to get any consistency bc he doesn’t get a consistent number of starts. We need a upgrade with more potential. We def need a forward that’s young and fast. Someone to learn from zlatan before it’s too late. Brobbey comes to mind here. As for rw ikone looks great and can play in a 2 forward system. We really need to keep tomori at all costs

Roberto Giano
1 month ago

both Leao and Rebic is not effective as lone striker in 4231. Change to 433 (upfront : Rebic-Leao-Diaz) or 442 (upfront : Rebic-Leao) when Ibra and Calha injured. if 442, use Theo as LM so Romag can play as LB.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

WE NOW RETURN TO MILAN10 MUSINGS yep, apparently ibra AND hakan, 2 of the most important milan players, wont be available vs udinese and verona. since old mandzukic is still injured as well and andriy “the giant” silva is kickin’ it with other team, pioli will have no choice but to play leaonaldo as st. he can use 4-2-3-1 with rebic – krunic – brahim/hauge behind leao or 4-3-3 like this: calabria – tomori – kjaer – theo krunic – kessie – tonali brahim/hauge – leao – rebic. the front 3 can do permutation to confuse defenders because theyre versatile… Read more »

Philldadon1899
Philldadon1899
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

I played football at a very high level in my younger days. And yes a HIIT is very intense. However. Leao has shown to be lazy many times and not even after running. The biggest evidence of this was in the last game against Roma. Even Pioli was livid with him. He had just entered the game and didnt chase a ball down that would have created a great counterattacking opportunity. I dont know if that can be chalked up to youth, or immaturity or whatever. But to say that he isnt lazy is not true. He has shown many… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Philldadon1899

first of all, like i said, SPRINTING is not the same as jogging around. see rebic intview i mentioned. in that he basically admitted that players who sprint a lot get tired more easily. hell even cheetahs can only run for 400-500 m before it needs to stop catching a breath. u cant expect speedsters to play with same intensity for 90 mins. rino, kante or davids were/are mf destroyers; their gameplay doesnt require sprinting. they run, cut and turn but they rarely sprint. bad comparison. matthaeus and nedved also ran a lot but theyre basically terminators so they dont… Read more »

Philldadon1899
Philldadon1899
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

I agree with all of your points. However. Leao was playing LW for us when he didnt chase that ball down. There is NO EXCUSE for that. Especially in a game we are only up 1. Actually I think it was tied at that point still. I agree that ST shouldnt be tracking back. However when Leao is playing on the wing, its different. Now here is something youll like. If Leao wasnt lazy with the ball. Would he even have to track back and run full steam if he didnt make a mistake being lazy with the ball? Thats… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Philldadon1899

first of all, milan used 4-2-3-1 all game vs roma. i dont believe this “pioli switched to 4-3-3 with brahim as false 9 in 2nd half” nonsense because 1) clearly brahim played way too deep to be considered false 9. he’s (failed) am. 2) kessie – tonali and later meite clearly formed double pivot. 3) just because leao often drifted out wide, exactly like henry and weah, doesnt mean he’s not a st. “If Leao wasnt lazy with the ball. Would he even have to track back and run full steam if he didnt make a mistake being lazy with… Read more »

Philldadon1899
Philldadon1899
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Uninitiated? I played semi-pro football until i was 16 friend. I am far from uninitiated. And its amazing to me that you are talking about the false nine and calling me uninitiated. We didn’t go to a false nine until Rebic left the game. Leao came on for Ibra. Prior to that. The moment I am talking about he drifted out wide and didn’t attack a ball 3 feet in front of him. He let it go out for a throw for the other team. That is LAZY. Now i do agree that he is young and immature. And I… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
1 month ago
Reply to  Philldadon1899

I’ve tried explaining this to ppl many times. I am a forward and winger( primarily forward) playing at a very high lvl growing up. Leao simply doesn’t have stamina, motivation or know how to play forward or even the wing. As a forward there are certain movements I look for amd he simply doesn’t do them. When he does, its simply by accident bc he does it like once or twice a game. He can’t play the wing bc he doesn’t track back. Hell he doesn’t even use his speed against opponents who are clearly slower. If he used his… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Philldadon1899

many platforms claimed that milan used 4-3-3 once brahim and leao came on, implying that leao played lw and brahim played in the middle as false 9, which is totally wrong. leao played st and brahim played am back then. milan never used false 9 under pioli. like i’ve said many times in frustration, including during derby win earlier this seaon, leao doesnt like to track back playing as lw, which is why he shouldnt play there. u can call that laziness yes, but the fact is, like i said, he should always play st whenever he and rebic play… Read more »