The AC Milan supporters weren’t impressed yesterday as captain Alessio Romagnoli returned from injury and produced a poor display against Inter Milan.
AC would win the derby with a fine 2-1 success against their historic foes, but the returning Romagnoli took plenty of stick. He was thrown into the game having missed around three months of action.
Romagnoli was up against one of Europe’s most lethal front-men in Romelu Lukaku, and it’s fair to say he didn’t get much joy. Bullied in many of the individual duels, it was a rough return for Milan’s on-field leader.
And here, we take a look at some of the reaction from Milan’s supporters to his display ahead of their trip to Celtic Park on Thursday:
Romagnoli absolutely awful game.
— Mo 🍃 (@MoDebris) October 17, 2020
Lukaku has actually spun Romagnoli about 5 or 6 times in one game.
— IL DRAGO (@DragoInter) October 17, 2020
Worst player on the pitch: Alessio Romagnoli.
— Rhuthwik Suresh Thannikattil (@RomagnoliEsque) October 17, 2020
Romagnoli had huge problems
— RossoneriSan (@RossoneriSan) October 18, 2020
Lukaku is a very strong player, I knew from the beginning that Romagnoli will struggle and he did.
— raypaid_01👍🏽 #EndPoliceBrutalityInNigeria (@raymond3y) October 18, 2020
@carlogarganese I don’t see why Romagnoli starts for Milan. He was dreadful yesterday. Kjear covers a lot for him.
— Baldstreetbully (@RespectThaBald) October 18, 2020
Top of the match – Kjaer, Kessie
Flop – Romagnoli
— David (@Dayveedbee) October 17, 2020
How immense was @simonkjaer1989 tonight??? It was basically a one man wall , with romagnoli running around having no idea what he's doing. Grazie Simon
Hope our captain regains match fitness soon. #DerbydellaMadonnina
— Bennacer_Fan♠️♥️♠️ (@nav702) October 17, 2020
An area of potential weakness?
It remains to be seen whether Milan boss Stefano Pioli gives Romagnoli another outing on Thursday night. Considering he’s only just back from a three-month layoff, it’s hardly ridiculous to think he may rest him.
Then again, Romagnoli is the AC captain. If he’s fit and available to play at Celtic Park then it would be silly for Milan not to include him.
But it appears he’s rusty. Sure, there’s no shame in struggling to deal with Belgium superstar Lukaku – he isn’t the only centre-back who would have that problem. But it’s clear he could’ve performed a lot better had he been match-fit.
It’s also interesting to note that Romagnoli struggled with the physical aspect of Lukaku’s play. That suggests that Odsonne Edouard could’ve been best placed to cause him similar issues. However, his availability looks unlikely after his recent self-isolation measures.
Our alternative options – Albian Ajeti, Leigh Griffiths, and Patryk Klimala – don’t exactly fall under a similar bracket to Lukaku when it comes to style of play. But they must look at Romagnoli’s rustiness and try to exploit it in any way possible.
Dependent on whether he features in Glasgow or not of course.