GdS: Rotation and experience – three changes expected at the back vs. Lazio

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is set to make three changes to the rearguard for today’s game against Lazio at San Siro, opting to go with experience.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) there will be changes in attack where the ‘Pu-Gi-Le’ trio of Christian Pulisic, Olivier Giroud – who turns 37 today – and Rafael Leao will get the nod, but there will be more alterations.

Two of them are to be expected. Mike Maignan has missed the last couple of matches with some small muscle discomfort and wasn’t risked but should reclaim his spot between the posts, while Davide Calabria is also back from a muscle issue and should slot in on the right side of the back four.

Barring any last-minute surprises, the centre-back pairing should change too: alongside Fikayo Tomori there will be Simon Kjaer, which will give Malick Thiaw some rest.

With one eye on the Scudetto battle and one on Wednesday’s trip to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, Pioli continues to rotate his men, keeping them fresh.

Against Lazio, Thiaw will give way to the experience of Kjaer, who celebrated 100 appearances for the Rossoneri in the recent win against Hellas Verona.

Tags AC Milan Davide Calabria Milan Lazio Simon Kjaer


    1. The only thing most Milan fans are good at is criticism instead of appreciation.

      So is the rotation everyone talks about not necessary at this stage considering our run of fixtures?

      Just say you want Milan to loose because of Pioli choice of line up which is necessary.

      If he rotates – why is he rotating.
      If he doesn’t rotate – why is he not rotating.


      1. I agree people will complain regardless of what choices is made by pioli.
        Last year he was accused of not rotating enough and now this season with a squad of 28 players he has already fielded 22 and of the remaining 6 unused players 2 are goalkeepers, 1 long term injured player, 1 mediocre cb in caldara, 1 new defender + one youth player in traore so now the story is he rotates too much.
        Oh yeah i forgot he also gave bartesaghi some minutes as well so 23 players has played of 29.

  1. There was an article were Pioli talked about kalulu injury and the fact now he only has 3 CB because Pelligrino is a long way from playing.

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