GdS: Probable XIs for Milan vs. Napoli – Kessie-Tonali in midfield and no Messias

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is not expected to make wholesale changes to his starting line-up for the game against Napoli, according to a report.

According to this morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews), Pioli is likely to field Mike Maignan in goal protected by a back four of Alessandro Florenzi, Fikayo Tomori, Alessio Romagnoli and Theo Hernandez from right to left.

The midfield double pivot is expected to return to being Franck Kessie and Sandro Tonali, with an attacking trident of Alexis Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz and Rade Krunic behind the centre-forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Florenzi, Tomori, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Tonali, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Krunic; Ibrahimovic.

There are some selection doubts surrounding Napoli, but the paper suggests that Anguissa and Zielinski will be fit enough to play.

Probable Napoli XI (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Malcuit, Rrahmani, Juan Jesus, Di Lorenzo; Anguissa, Demme; Politano, Zielinski, Lozano; Mertens.

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  1. Luckily whoever writes these articles is usually wrong, because I can’t believe that Pioli would be dumb enough to start Krunic and Saelemakers on the wings again. What could he possibly have seen in the last game that would make him think that was a good idea. Their only shot on target came from Ibra in the 90th minute. You can’t keep putting these guys with no offensive abilities out there and expect a 40 year old Ibrahimovic to create offense out of nothing. Messias can score goals and he can take on defenders and create something, which Saelemakers and Krunic cannot. Pioli’s love affair with these 2 defies logic.

      1. I’m sure there is a person writing it, and they are often wrong. They seem to just make it up. Yesterday they said Messias and Saelemakers were playing on the wings and it was a battle between Diaz and Krunic for the attacking midfield, which is equally as dumb because Krunic is no good there either.

    1. 😂😂😂 as a Milan , What can I expect from this coach ? A scudetto ? I don’t See that becomes reality target from management. The real target is just play game cos after January the other teams are getting better , same thing like last seasons

  2. it actually doesnt seem these newses are true. They say messias is confirmed then they say sal ofc. Yo i feel like pioli would keep maldini, messias what i can see. It seems he got a good feeling from maldini. And ig he would do something of theo but no it not so many chance.

  3. Milan should sack this coach pioli know good information why will you be playing krunic and saelemakers on pitch all the time and you want win from matches no creative midfielder pass is no flowing n sacolatin in the pitch IBRA cannot get good pass from offensive midfielder to score goal please we are tia of this patter pioli is playing for Milan no we dont want this style of football in pitch again..we can’t play Liverpool Porto
    in UCL becouse of bad information n players we have in the team bad management again why all this shit Ac Milan is not a small team in Europe,we don’t went loan players spend money on players to archive ur glory back Elliot and board should work on this glorious club we can’t lose this season trophy to inter Milan again no it can’t work pioli should change d patter of he football for Milan and we the fans all over the world please..we most not loose to Napoli this weekend.

  4. I think messias must play in place off Diaz he has been out off form miss too many goals,lost too many ball,messias is in good form he can score create opportunities for the strikers,he is strong and can defence,messias deserves to start in the match against Napoli,Forza Milan.

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