AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is ready to entrust four more members of his squad over the next few weeks, a report claims.
The Rossoneri were close to securing three points against Lecce in Pioli’s managerial debut at the club, however Marco Calderoni’s 92nd minute equaliser stole a point for the visitors.
Now, Milan will travel to the Italian capital on Sunday to begin a brutal stretch of five tough games: Roma (away), SPAL (home), Lazio (home), Juventus (away) and Napoli (home).
For the first game against the Giallorossi, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Pioli will not make wholesale changes, with Davide Calabria coming back in for Andrea Conti and that being the only alteration
Paquetà-Biglia-Kessie is expected to be the midfield trio while Rafael Leao and Krzysztof Piatek are battling for the start up front, with Hakan Calhanoglu to the left and Suso to the right.
However, the paper adds that four players are set for increased roles over the coming five games: namely Ante Rebic, Rade Krunic, Ismael Bennacer and Mattia Caldara.
Rebic is viewed as a viable alternative to Calhanoglu or Suso if they are tired or completely ineffective, while Krunic – who impressed off the bench against Lecce – is a good mezz’ala option.
Bennacer has seemingly lost his spot as the regista to Lucas Biglia, however he will ‘find space’ over the coming weeks as the schedule gets more compacted, and finally Caldara’s return will see him battle with Mateo Musacchio to be the starter.