Tuttosport: Pioli puts a lot at risk in Bologna – such extreme rotation not seen for 20 years

By Oliver Fisher -

It seems as though Stefano Pioli has decided to almost completely rotate the starting line-up for tonight’s game against Bologna, a report claims.

As Tuttosport (via MilanNews) writes this morning, 10 players should be changed from the 1-0 win over Napoli in midweek meaning that only Mike Maignan is expected to keep his spot in the XI.

Such a large rotation has not been done by Milan for at least 20 years. In 2003, the game before the Champions League final against Juventus in Manchester, Carlo Ancelotti fielded 11 reserves including Fiori – the third choice goalkeeper – in place of Dida and Abbiati against Piacenza.

There are two substantial differences: Milan still have a lot to do to get into the top four and Bologna are not at the level of Piacenza, to the extent that with a victory they would be six points behind Milan.

Pioli is therefore risking quite a lot by fielding an outfield team of players currently considered reserves or who have had little chance to show their ability during the season, with the hope of being able to beat a Bologna side who will be fired up for the game.

Beyond the risks, the match in Bologna will be a great opportunity for all those players who have not met expectations this season such as Charles De Ketelaere, Divock Origi and Aster Vranckx. The presence of players like Florenzi, Kalulu and Saelemaekers reassures, as they have experience and character.

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