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Tactical Review of Milan's Unfortunate 2-2 Draw Against Lecce At The San Siro

AC Milan drew 2-2 with Lecce at home. Here’s our reviuew of the game:

AC Milan v US Lecce - Serie A Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

AC Milan drew 2-2 with Lecce at home. Here's our review of the game:

Hernandez Is A Machine

Theo has been a big step up for Milan at left back thus far. He has significantly boosted the attacking option and created actual outputs from his deep position while holding up effectively on the defensive front. Hernandez has great understanding with the likes of Paqueta, Leao and Calhanoglu that has helped him create coherent runs of play with the respective attackers. The left back has been a huge addition as without him, Milan would struggle to inject any pace into games and would be extremely vulnerable on counter attacks.

Conti Is A Mess and Is Blowing His Chances

Andrea Conti has gotten two fortunate chances to impress as part of the starting line up following Calabria’s two red cards but the former Atalanta right wing back has been disastrous. Conti conceded a penalty against Lecce when he made the silly mistake of stretching out his arm to clear a cross despite the very strict new Serie A rules. The defender cost Milan their domination of the game and open them up to the spiral that led to the draw. He has similarly bumbled his previous opportunities against Inter Milan and Genoa.

Piatek Finally Finds The Net

The Poland international has had a tumultuous couple of months struggling to find form and missing chances left, right and centre. The striker has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks for his inability to take shots on goal or even control the ball during matches but he finally found that clinical touch that earned him his first goal from open play this season. The Milan no. 9 had been benched for the game by new manager Stefano Pioli but was brought on after half time to replace Rafael Leao and made a big impact. Piatek hopefully gets a huge confidence boost after scoring and can take back the reigns as striker.

Lack Of Concentration Bites Us Again

For like the hundredth time over the past few years, Milan fall to a late equaliser when the team shuts off their minds and forget that the game is 90 minutes long. Milan drew 1-1 with Parma last year. they drew 2-2 with Benevento the year before and now another 2-2 with Lecce to toss valuable points down the drain when there are ten or less minutes on the clock. Suso and Conti are culpable for not shutting down Calderoni or at least pressing him to keep him from taking the shot from the edge of the box. This is the slight lack of desire that hurts Milan over the course of the season and needs to be rectified to ensure we grind out wins where required.

Calhanoglu Delivers A Masterclass

Pioli took a bold move for his opening game by allowing Calhanoglu to play freely as a CAM. The Turkey midfielder had been confined to left winger and left midfield positions under Montella, Gattuso and Giampaolo but finally seems to have found a space that looks natural to his skill set. The ability to roam free in front of the opposition defence allowed Calhanoglu to earn a MOTM performance where he scored a stunning volley from a Biglia lob and took part in a beautiful run of play exchanging passes with Krunic before squaring the ball to set up Piatek’s goal. The attacking midfielder is looking refreshed under Pioli and looks to be a key piece of the puzzle after looking disastrous just a few weeks ago.