CM: Pioli at work to find best XI for Juventus game – Leao out, big chance for Paqueta

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are just a week away from a crucial point in their 2019-20 season and something that could change the way it is viewed entirely.

Next Friday the Rossoneri will travel to the Allianz Stadium to face Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg knowing they must score at least once, having drawn the first leg 1-1 at San Siro and with away goals in effect.

There are plenty of selection problems for Stefano Pioli who will be without suspended trio Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Theo Hernandez and Samu Castillejo as well as injured defender Leo Duarte.

Calciomercato.com notes that at Milanello, experiments are being carried out to prepare a starting XI who can put the Bianconeri into difficulty.

Surprisingly the only recognised centre-forward – Rafael Leao – should still start from the bench despite the absence of Ibrahimovic, meaning weight of the attack will fall on the shoulders of Ante Rebic.

Davide Calabria has been tried several times as a left-back with the right side a battle between Alexis Saelemaekers and Andrea Conti. The latter is not in the best condition but wants to clench his teeth to ensure his availability.

In Friday’s training session, the report claims that Pioli tried a 4-3-2-1 with Giacomo Bonaventura, Hakan Calhanoglu and Lucas Paquetà behind Rebic. The Brazilian will be free from rigid defensive tasks and would be able to show his full creativity.


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