Di Marzio: Probable Milan XI to face Real Madrid – trio of new signings in a 4-3-3

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has his starting line-up in mind for the first preseason friendly in the United States against Real Madrid.

According to the latest from Gianluca Di Marzio, the main news is that there will be a formation change from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3. Marco Sportiello should play in goal, while the defence should be composed from right to left by Davide Calabria, Matteo Gabbia, Fikayo Tomori and Alessandro Florenzi.

Gabbia will still play the friendly against Real Madrid despite being one step away from Villarreal, with the plan being for him to complete the match and then leave the squad.

Rade Krunic will be the deepest midfielder with Ruben Loftus-Cheek on his right and Tommaso Pobega on the left, with new signing Tijjani Reijnders not present.

Finally, in attack, the trio should see the American Christian Pulisic on the left, Junior Messias on the right and Lorenzo Colombo as central striker.

The likes of Rafael Leao, Mike Maignan, Theo Hernandez, Pierre Kalulu and Charles De Ketelaere are not available having just returned to training following an extended break due to international commitments.

Probable Milan XI (4-3-3): Sportiello; Calabria, Gabbia, Tomori, Florenzi; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Pobega; Messias, Colombo, Pulisic.

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      1. Why do these guys insult our players constantly?

        This guy helped deliver us a Scudetto and look at how fans talk about him.

        And they’ll do the same it these new signings don’t work out. These new signings have about 4 months to impress the media, fans, directors and manager (in that order) or else they’re finished.

        No pressure.

        1. stfu, I appreciate what Messias did but he’s not Milan starting calibre and that’s a f**king fact whether you want to accept it or not

          1. Fr, his finishing is shit and we just saw his stats compared with Alexis and Chukwueze and clearly he is not good enough to play for us.

          2. Exactly doki, these guys assume by a joke I made in my first comment that I absolutely hate him but I don’t, it’s just our standard is higher than what he can give

        2. I’m so confused. New signings ALWAYS have to impress or get pilloried by the fans media etc. what’s different about this lot? Oh that’s right Maldini didn’t sign them… 😆.

  1. Give messiahs some space the guy always gives his all playing for the badge he must stay this season at the club for depth he brings his part to this club

  2. The likes of Maignan, Theo, Giroud and Leao just came back from holidays. Besides it’s preseason friendly. Remember when Pippo beat Real in preseason? We went nuts about how that season will be good. Right.

  3. I have spoken to mbappe and kelvin debyrun . they said they will take a pay cut to be in Milan next week. Don’t be scared guys. I Damian assure you. *winks

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