AC Milan will kick off their season on Monday evening, taking on Bologna away from home at 20:45 CEST. Stefano Pioli is not expected to make any changes to the ‘usual’ XI we have seen during the pre-season.
The manager relied on the same set of players for a majority of the friendlies this pre-season, starting the backups in separate friendly games. For the game against Bologna, he will continue on the same path.
David Calabria has recently recovered from an injury and Pierre Kalulu should thus keep his spot on the right-hand side. Christian Pulisic will also play from start on the same side, having spent more time with the team than Samuel Chukwueze.
As for Bologna, the big question mark is their star Riccardo Orsolini. In addition to being linked with several teams, he recently recovered from an injury and might not be able to play the game from the first minute.
Probable Milan XI (4-3-3): Maignan; Kalulu, Thiaw, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Reijnders; Pulisic, Giroud, Leao.
Probable Bologna XI (4-3-3): Skorupski; Posch, Beukema, Lucumi, Corazza; Aebishcer, Dimonguez, Ferguson; Ndoye, Zirkzee, Moro.