One of the biggest problems of AC Milan has been the lack of a reliable centre back. The absence of Musacchio, Caldara and Romagnoli has cost points to the Rossoneri.
The Rossoneri are still battling with injury problems. The lack of a creative central midfielder, with Lucas Biglia out until late February and Giacomo Bonaventura out form the remaining of the season, has been a big headache for coach Gennaro Gattuso. However, it the defensive department that seems to be coming out of war.
In November, Rino lost Matteo Musacchio, Mattia Caldara and captain Alessio Romagnoli. The only available centre backs in the squad were Cristian Zapata and youngster Stefan Simic. That forced Gattuso to drastic solutions like adapting Ricardo Rodriguez and Ignazio Abate as central defenders.
The management initially believed that the signing of a new centre back was an urgent issue for Milan. Sporting director Leonardo negotiated with Sao Pauolo for Rodrigo Caio and with Chelsea for Andreas Christensen while Diego Godin (free agent next summer) remains an option for next season.
However, in January, AC Milan will not sing a new defender. Strangely enough Abate performed well as central defender while Musacchio has recovered in advance and was part of the group for Olympiacos-Milan. Good news keep coming with captain Romagnoli already back in training. Pleased with the recent updates the management believes that the singing of a new defender is no longer a priority and will focus in midfield.