CorSport: Pioli heads to the capital with his leading men including Giroud

By Oliver Fisher -

The game between Roma and AC Milan tomorrow at the Stadio Olimpico will set a huge marker in the race for the top four, and Stefano Pioli will rely on his main men.

As Corriere dello Sport (via MilanNews) writes, Roma are a direct competitor for a place in the next edition of the Champions League and are on equal points in the standings, so Pioli’s men cannot afford a slip-up in the capital.

Olivier Giroud is back in contention. A recovery programme was specially drawn up to make him available again for the crucial match at the Olimpico, after recovering from a bruised calf.

The plan designed by Pioli and his staff provided for total rest against Lecce and then a gradual return to the group. After a couple of individual sessions, Giroud returned yesterday to training with the squad today should do the same.

Milan can’t do without their only reliable striker of the season, numbers in hand given that Divock Origi and Ante Rebic are stuck with two and three goals respectively, while the Frenchman has a knack for scoring in the biggest occasions.

Giroud has already been decisive against Roma, namely last season when Milan won 3-1 at the San Siro in January. Tomorrow is an opportunity for him to repeat himself, with Brahim Diaz and Rafael Leao on the flanks plus Ismael Bennacer as the attacking midfielder, just as he did against Napoli.

Sandro Tonali and Rade Krunic will be the midfield pairing with Davide Calabria back after serving a suspension. Simon Kjaer and Fikayo Tomori will be the centre-backs with Pierre Kalulu pushing for a start over the Dane, and finally Theo and Mike Maignan are sure of a spot.

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