Di Marzio: Probable Milan XI to face Empoli – Kessie to play in the attacking trident

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is strongly thinking of choosing Franck Kessie as the attacking midfielder for tonight’s game against Empoli, a report claims.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Mike Maignan will start in goal and in front of him will be the centre-back pairing of Tomori and Romagnoli, flanked by Theo Hernandez to the left and Alessandro Florenzi to the right.

The interesting news begins in midfield because in training Pioli tried Bennacer and Tonali in the double pivot with Franck Kessié as part of the attacking trident. The Ivorian could therefore play a more advanced role as we have seen him take up during games at times.

Junior Messias and Rade Krunic are expected to be on the wings either side of Kessie with Olivier Giroud as the centre-forward in the absence of Ibrahimovic.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Florenzi, Tomori, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Bennacer, Tonali; Messias, Kessié, Krunic; Giroud.

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  1. lmao! Kessie was a shadow of himself playing in his natural position this season, so Pioli puts him in a position in which he is even less comfortable. Amazing! And Krunic as a winger… Again. Brilliant!!!

    Oh well, it’s not like we wanted to win this.

  2. U are right, but Kessie is always calm on the ball, so I feel he could calmly distribute the ball without problems…. I’d prefer Salemeakers starts ahead of krunic in that left wing position as he looks dangerous in games he’s played there. All the best❤️🖤💪

    1. If I be the Coach I would STAR
      Kalulu Tomori Gabbia Ballo-Torre
      Tonali Benacer
      Salem.. Maldini Hernández CF Olivier G
      And we will atack from the LW with Theo 1st half depending on the score & will re organized or change the formation.

      1. But in my team this is no staters anybody will do the job or wouldn’t be in the squad. What is important is what you do in the field when you are in, not what you have done in the past. You need to be hungry & make a name & of yourself..

  3. Kessie as CAM? Seems like a stretch to me lol. Perhaps Bennacer who plays that position for his national team? Weird but we will see. No Kalulu? He’s the future let the kid play IMO. Krunic cannot play wing unless we just expect him to defend…play Salesmakers there. Have To pray fpr a victory lol.

    1. Kessie is more decisive.
      He has scored many important goals for us. He can take a few players while its hard to take the ball from him. Only downside is his long shot technique, he doesnt balance his body for a shot during his runs

      It is a great idea

      Many here ridicule Kessie while not seeing its the positions that determine whether you see the players or not

  4. Most important is that Zlatan isn´t playing. I always loved watching him play, but the truth nowadays is he´s to slow, and makes a flowing offensive impossible.

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