GdS: Probable XIs for Milan vs. Newcastle – a change in each department

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is set to make three changes to his side for tonight’s game against Newcastle United, the first in the Champions League group stages.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) reports that Mike Maignan will get the nod in goal with Davide Calabria, Fikayo Tomori, Malick Thiaw and Theo Hernandez as the back four from left to right.

That means that Tomori is back into the side after serving a suspension during the defeat against Inter on Saturday, while in midfield Tommaso Pobega is expected to come in for Tijjani Reijnders.

The Dutchman would therefore get a rest, but Rade Krunic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek keep their places, as Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud do in attack. However, Christian Pulisic is expected to be rested, with Samuel Chukwueze down as the right winger.

Probable Milan XI (4-3-3): Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Thiaw, Theo Hernandez; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Pobega; Chukwueze, Giroud, Leao.

Probable Newcastle XI (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Tonali, Guimaraes, Longstaff; Almiron, Isak, Gordon.

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      1. You need to be wise and think well.. we don’t have a coach.. immediately a team like Milan don’t have a coach.. He need to be sack immediately.. very local coach with no style of playing.. always same information and same build up.. Krunic, Pobega; starting.. too big dirty.. Milan don’t have a coach to play high level of football.. He need to be sack…. Big dirty…

    1. Not 2 vs 0 is Milan 0 vs 4 Newcastle, imagine Calabria against fastest(Gordon) Prayer in Premier league, Slowbega and Krunic in midfield😂🤣, Get De Zerbi, the earlier the better

  1. The derby was our first real test and we failed miserably. We can point out individual mistakes, mainly Thiaw but I think the main issue was the midfield. I’ve been saying it all summer. On paper, it’s a downgrade from last year. More physical but less creative, worse defensively, and laccking depth. It will get better with time but I felt the plan under Maldini was that Loftus Cheek and Krunic would serve as covers for Tonali, Bennacer, and a new midfielder would come in to compete with Brahim or CDK. Anyways, looking forward, I think Milan will sit deep and counter against Newcastle much like they did against Napoli. It’s another big test but we have the quality to pull it off upfront.

    1. Any body that suppose our local coach is a big failure like him.. Milan need to sack him and bring good coach with good style of playing.. He need to be sack.. immediately.. imagine a coach without no style of playing.. Am tire of this dirty stupid coach

  2. No we don’t need 4-3-3 we need 4-2-3-1 this coach should not take Acmilan back to bottom now we one of the highest classic players the coach is not even using musah or Romero this is very bad and irritating

    1. Its the same story repeating it self from last year, he is destrying players and this time around its players he asked for. There is no alibis left for him.

      I would say try and lock down De Zerbi for next season while there is a glimmer of chance to do that.

      Another coach I would say is Potter, he built Brighton tbh and De Zerbi has evovled the team. But Potter is very good coach that had his rep destroyed by Chelsea.

  3. This is complete insanity. Taking off arguably our best midfielder and starting Pobega who hardly ever plays, for good reason. Facing a Premier League side, you would think we would go with someone with some pace and athleticism (maybe Musah), not Pioli tho. This guy chooses to go with one of the slowest most unathletic players in football. That to go with Krunic, another slow unathletic player. Pure genius.

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