February 24, 2024

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was for many the man of the match for AC Milan during their 2-1 victory against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, and his return sparked a tactical change.

Tuttosport (via MilanNews) recall Loftus-Cheek did not have the best of starts to the game, missing a big chance inside the box and then leaving Milan Skriniar unguarded at the far post for PSG’s opener, but that just seemed to spring him into life.

 

The midfielder – along with Rafael Leao – was undoubtedly one of the best on the field, and it was his return to the line-up that saw Stefano Pioli return to the good old 4-2-3-1 system with which he won the Scudetto.

 

Compared to last year he did not rely on a quality attacking midfielder like Tijjani Reijnders might be able to do, but rather on a more physical player, something that we have seen before with Franck Kessie, Rade Krunic and Ismael Bennacer playing further forward.

 

The Englishman made the difference in the middle of the pitch and was fundamental in both the defensive and attacking phases. Loftus-Cheek in fact blocked the source of Luis Enrique’s build-up, putting pressure on the deep-lying playmaker.

 

Not only that, but he often split the French side in two with his ball progression through dribbling. He did not get a goal, but he returned in style after a month out of the starting XI. Seeing his performance against the Parisians, it is a confirmation of how difficult his absence has been for Milan in recent weeks.

 

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