Pioli: ‘Milan will react, Kessié out against Bologna’

by | Oct 22, 2021 13:35

Stefano Pioli has yet to decide whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Olivier Giroud will start against Bologna but reveals Franck Kessié and Ante Rebic will miss the game.

The Rossoneri return to the pitch on Saturday after their 1-0 loss against Porto in the Champions League earlier this week.

They visit Bologna at the Stadio Dall’Ara at 19.45 on Saturday.

“Bologna have changed their style, we will face an opponent with good qualities,” Pioli said at a press conference.

“It will be a tough game, now we must think about the next three Serie A games, then we’ll focus again on the Champions League.

“It’s not a difficult moment, the season is long and it’s normal to go through these times, I have a competitive team and we are ready for tomorrow.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played three games this season, but always coming on as a substitute. Tomorrow, he could start his first game in five months, while Kessié has been ruled out with flu.

“Ibrahimovic needs to train and play,” said Pioli.

The 40-year-old started his last game this past May in the Rossoneri’s 3-0 win over Juventus. During the same match, he sustained a knee injury that ruled him out of the Euros as well as the opening games of the season.

“He’s been training with the group for a week, but I still have to decide who will start between him and Giroud. I will decide the line-up tomorrow morning. Right now, we can’t play with two strikers. When they feel well, they could play together,” said Pioli.

“[Pietro] Pellegri had a slight problem and he will be out of action, Kessié has had flu and he is not available too.”

The Ivorian midfielder missed Milan’s away clash at Porto, serving a one-match ban. Ante Rebic sat out the match with an ankle injury and hasn’t recovered yet.

“He tried, but he still feels pain, so he’s not available,” admitted Pioli.

“We are aware that we played a bad game against Porto,” the coach continued.

“We lost too many balls and were not solid at the back, we’ve understood our mistakes and we must make sure we won’t repeat them against an opponent that will create trouble for us.

“Bologna will be motivated. They’ve had the entire week to prepare the game and have self-confidence.

“I am disappointed when we don’t play at our level, but I am sure we’ll be able to react and play good football.”

Stefano Pioli


  1. Acm

    Please don’t play the two oldies up front
    with no pace
    We will have to resort to the long ball tactics

  2. Chris

    Ibra for 60 minutes Giroud for 30 minutes I reckon, but at a certain point it’s out of his hands if the injuries pile up. Would like to see Pellegri get more minutes if possible.

  3. Dazziano

    Our Attack is non existant this season. If it wasn’t for Rebic, Leao and Diaz we would not score. I love IBRA but you have to ask the question “can he play a full 90 minutes let alone a whole season?” Giroud is a great goal scorer but needs service that without Diaz we have no one close to him. Imagine what this team could do with 2 top goal scorers.

  4. Rosario

    So now, that’s maignan, theo, kessie, Diaz, messias, rebic, kessie, and Pellegri all not available. That’s 6 genuine first 11 players not available. DIO CANE!!!

  5. fossadeileoni27

    Pioli is bang on about the back not being up to par. Tomori played his worst game as a Milan player.

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