May 22, 2024

Three key points from Milan’s 3-0 victory over Lecce at San Siro on Sunday:

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  1. Dynamic Attacking Trio: Stefano Pioli’s decision to deploy an attacking trio, including Christian Pulisic, Samuel Chukwueze, and Rafael Leao behind Olivier Giroud, proved effective despite the absence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek due to suspension. Chukwueze, particularly praised by Pioli before the match, showcased his form with an assist for Pulisic’s early goal and constant offensive threats. Milan controlled the game, with Leao also finding the net. While Pulisic delivered as expected, there were deeper factors contributing to Milan’s success.
  2. Tomori’s Defensive Impact: While Milan has been potent in attack this season, defensive vulnerabilities and injuries had hindered their progress earlier in the campaign. Fikayo Tomori’s return has been instrumental in shoring up their defense, evident in two clean sheets in the last four Serie A games he started. Tomori’s pace enhances Milan’s defensive balance, allowing them to maintain a high line and defend counter-attacks more effectively. Pioli will feel his absence keenly in the upcoming Europa League quarter-final against Roma due to suspension.
  3. Pioli’s Resilience: Despite facing speculation about his job security earlier in the season, Pioli has overseen Milan’s resurgence in 2024. Displaying resilience and maintaining focus, Pioli has instilled a sense of belief and motivation within the team. Despite setbacks like their Champions League exit, Pioli has kept the squad united and motivated, evident in contributions from players like Yacine Adli and Chukwueze against Lecce. Pioli’s ability to navigate through challenges and keep the team performing at a high level suggests he merits consideration for the job next season.

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