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Ante Rebić: A Man On Fire

January 28, 2020


Ante Rebić (center)



Ante Rebić remains hot!



After what looked like a miserable loan move from Eintracht Frankfurt to AC Milan in the summer – where Rebić spent 90% of his time on the bench – the wild horse has been released from his cage in 2020. In AC Milan’s last two matches, Ante Rebić has scored three goals; all coming off the bench in the second half. Milan won both of those Serie A matches.



Tuesday night, Rebić got a rare start for his side in a Coppa Italia quarterfinal match vs. Torino; and he made an immediate impact. In the 12th minute of play, Rebić made a move on his defender and whipped a hard, low cross right across the box where teammate Giacomo Bonaventura met it for the opening goal. Rebić played 106 minutes in AC Milan’s 4-2 extra time win over Torino. They will now face Juventus in the two-legged semifinal.



Rebić is tearing it up and finally showing AC Milan management what he can do. The club was a complete train wreck during the first half of the season – dancing in the bottom half of the table – but have now pulled themselves to a respectable Coppa Italia semifinal berth, while only sitting eight points behind a Champions League berth.



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Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 11 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ante Rebic is a workhorse, not very talented though. I was told by a high ranking official at the club (not Boban) that he came with a big head from Eintracht, thinking he was bought for his talent and not his work rate, by all accounts a football meathead.
    AC Milan gave him his hunger back, and now that he knows his limitations he’ll be got to go!

  2. Maminjo says:

    The Ibra effect.

    Everybody (including Ibrs) knows that Milan are winning because of noone other than Rebinjo.

  3. BZ says:

    Rebic is not a workhorse guys. He is great on the ball too, but makes quick, smart, fast decisions that benefit his team.

    He was brilliant yesterday. On the ball, AND just as importantly, off the ball.

    Seems he picked up a late knock after about 111minutes of hustle, but he should be ok.

    His only problem when paired with Ibra, is that Ibra doesn’t move, drop back, or hustle. Rebic’s pressure gets wasted, but he and Ibra still link up pretty well.

  4. Slavonac from Canada says:

    lets put this into perspective.

    I’ve watched the last few games and can say that Rebic’s intensity level has been better, which is why he has some success. In yesterday’s game, I saw spurts and pieces…he was really good in the first 30 minutes of the game and after that he was sporadic.

    Rebic is similair and different to Perisic. They don’t have the same playing style but they both have long periods of mental blocks which slow their performances down. Perisic has more tools that Rebic…but that doesn’t mean he always has been more effective. He has had more consistency in the past 3-4 years, before that Perisic was very inconsistent and had mental lapses.

    Rebic is better when he’s working. Yes, he has some skill but not necessarily the soft touch type of skill…its more of a quick and tricky move and at a higher speed or a dead stop.

  5. BZ says:

    You can’t teach that speed.

    Two of my favorite things to watch nowadays:
    1) Rebic’s full stride speed tracking down a guy who thinks he has a clear break.

    2) Rebic’s full stride run into space. Drags defenders with him and creates space even when he doesn’t receive the ball. Just smart, hustling soccer. Most guys don’t do it, cause they are preserving what little energy the bring to the table. Rebic has that dig deep energy that I covet.

  6. Maminjo says:

    My favorite thing is when defenders try to foul Rebić, but he stiff-arms them while running with the ball at the same time…

    Referees don’t know what to do, since players who have possession of the ball are never the ones committing fouls against the players who don’t.

    I’ve never seen players do this before.

  7. Razbijač says:

    We should be seeing a lot more of Rebic after the Transfer window closes. As AC Milan just sold Suso, and it looks like Piatek is on the way out–with terms agreed with Hertha Berlin.

    So that leaves Zlatan, R. Leao, Castillejo, and Rebic to compete for the forward positions.

    @ BZ

    Regarding Brekalo vs Rebic, I do think Rebic overall is the better player. And the RW position should be his. It’s just that last fall when Rebic was rotting on the bench, I suggested Brekalo should start ahead Rebic (given At the time, Brekalo was playing well)….

    …Then when Brekalo went into a slump I suggested Kramaric deputize at RW. Anyway I just just feel whoever is playing regularly and in good form should start.

    Anyway, Rebic is the best option at RW, and he should now continue to play at Club Level. Italian newspapers said this guy was a beast yesterday and reminiscent of the Rebic from the WC.

  8. Soul Champ says:

    Robo-Rebić is what he is and brings an added physical dimension.

    His technique is underrated.

    Croatians are snobs when it comes to technical ability and we missed out on Mark Viduka .. the rest was 2006 history.

    AC Milan was stuck in a time warp expecting Marco Van Basten?

    Why even loan Rebić and not give him a regular run out?

    All’s well that ends well.

    Rebić will be ready to run through someone this June.

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