GdS: Probable XIs for Milan vs. Inter – five changes expected from Pioli

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is expected to make several changes to the starting XI for the game against Inter compared to the team that drew with Sassuolo in midweek.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Pioli will revert to his ‘first choice’ defence of Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori and Theo Hernandez in front of goalkeeper Mike Maignan, fresh from his penalty heroics against Sassuolo.

Sandro Tonali and Ismael Bennacer should be reunited as the double pivot with Tommaso Pobega dropping to the bench, and Charles De Ketelaere tipped to regain his starting spot from Brahim Diaz as the playmaker.

Junior Messias has a 55% chance of starting on the right wing (Saelemaekers 45%), with Rafael Leao on the left flank and Olivier Giroud up front, with the Frenchman of course having scored a match-winning brace in the last league derby.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Theo; Tonali, Bennacer; Messias, De Ketelaere, Leao; Giroud.

Probable Inter XI (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Dimarco; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Darmian; Martinez, Dzeko.

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14 Comments

    1. Maldini mistakes was signing them. It wasn’t a mistake not to sell them, because you can’t sell something no one wants to buy.
      Same goes for Bakayoko

  1. wish Stefano would play Rebic at 10 and CDK at RW, we some muscle in the middle and some threat at RW……but I see possibly that he has CDK at 10 so that Leao when marked by two has assist possibilities, can’t wait Peroni on ice and jersey ready, Forza Milan…..and Theo

  2. i dont have good feeling for this line up leao isnt in form messias is terrible only cdk or giroud can do the trick i dont know what to say but derby is hard 75k ppl and new owners to be there dont want to draw or lose honestly

  3. Milan winning this game. The winning goal will be a Hakan own goal.
    Inter starting both Darmian and Dumfries. What happened to the “great ” Gossens, who they picked over their best player last season Perisic? Grateful Perisic isn’t there anymore, he always played great in the derbies. I wished Milan signed him for the RW but he got a lot of money in Tottenham.

  4. To be very sincere, this is the best line up we have now….I can not complain….

    Messias is bad but at least he has goal threat, dude can score anytime, salamankers can’t score and also is as bad as messias so pioli chose the lesser devil.

    Leao again? Well who else do we have , Rebic is injured and Origi can’t play there not when we need a subtitute for giroud who have shown his age might be coming on him recently

    Other players are just the same way it should, I just hope CDK plays a very good match and if I am to advice pioli, lets play more on counter than possession….that is the inter trick always, they defend against us and play on the counter but if we must say with possession then LEAO in particular must be told to move the ball fast or pass the ball fast, not delaying and lazing about.

    It will be a good game, one thing is for show, we will have more possession, I just hope we finish it up with a goal

  5. Dest will start at RW once he’s practiced with the team enough and then thankfully Messias and Saele will (hopefully) almost never be on the field. They are terrible.

  6. Play a diamond formation with four midfielders; Tonali, Bennacer, Adli and CDK. Pobega, krunic and Diaz as substitutes. The great Milan teams of the past played diamond. This is the formation that best suits Milan’s talent pool. It gives more playing time to its midfielders. Your formation should make use of your best players. Let Leao and Giroud play as two strikers

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