GdS: The three line-up changes Pioli could make for Newcastle game

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli will make changes to his starting line-up for the game against Newcastle United compared to the team that got ripped apart by Inter.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) writes that there are two good reasons why Pioli will make alternatives. The first is that the starters must be given some rest and new energy is needed in Europe, and the second is more psychological because clear minds are needed after the 5-1 derby loss.

One of the three changes will be in defence where Fikayo Tomori – suspended against Inter and replaced by Simon Kjaer – will return to partner Malick Thiaw, who had a lot of issues himself against the Nerazzurri.

In attack, there should be a chance for Samu Chukwueze and he must make up for the lost ball that led to Inter’s 5-1 goal. He would replace Pulisic, who was first to come off in the derby after a lot of travelling.

The final change could be in midfield where one of Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Tijjani Reijnders (most likely the latter) might well be replaced by Tommaso Pobega, who made eight appearances and one goal in the last edition of the Champions League.

For the first game in the group experience is needed which Yunus Musah doesn’t yet have, while Noah Okafor and Luka Jovic could come on in the second half.

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

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      1. i mean I agree with all the previous games but against inter he should’ve been the guy to reinforce the defense and ensure its solidity while in reality he just wasn’t there, hopefully he can turn it around against Newcastle and prove his worth once more

        1. Against inter everyone was all over the place. Can’t fault krunic for any of it.
          I’m confident they’ll bounce back just fine.
          Lol they’re used to getting dry ***l from inter by now 😅

          1. Agreed everyone looked lost against inter bar Giroud who overall barely got the ball but when he did had some wonderful hold up play for leaos goal

  1. Thiaw keeps his place? He was given a rough ride against Inter. Pellegrino should come in so that we can see what he has to offer. Would also like to see Jovic upfront from the start, so we only have to use Giroud if we need to. Agree with Chuck coming in. If he is ineffective perhaps Romero can stake his claim as backup o the right.
    And, Calabria needs to stick to the right and stop wandering around like a lost child..

  2. I don’t get how musah could be a starter or a sub and not Adli. Against inter Adli should have came on since he can do long balls. Pioli only looking for players who know how to dribble but don’t know how to pass.

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