GdS: Milan’s probable XI for Inter clash – Kessie tipped for an advanced role

By Oliver Fisher -

With just a couple of days until the Milan derby, the newspapers are beginning to try and predict the team that Stefano Pioli will field.

According to this morning’s edition of the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Rossoneri should line up with Mike Maignan in goal, then a back four formed of Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Alessio Romagnoli and Theo Hernandez from right to left. There is still a chance Fikayo Tomori recovers to take Kalulu’s place, but it is currently more unlikely than likely.

In the midfield it is a double pivot of Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali which is currently favoured, and this has implications further up the field because Franck Kessie is tipped to play in place of Brahim Diaz as the playmaker just as he did in the win over Empoli.

Alexis Saelemaekers is expected to be on the right wing and Rafael Leao on the left wing behind the centre-forward Olivier Giroud, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic faced a race against time to get rid of his tendon problem.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Romagnoli, Theo; Tonali, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Kessie, Leao; Giroud.

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  1. Replace Giroud with Rebic and that could be our strongest xi.

    Gonna be a good game! Juve match disappointed from both teams, this will not.

  2. or Rebic in the 10, I think Kessie will play more not to be injured than to be aggressive. If Ibra not good to play you can move Rebic to 9 and bring in Kessie to the 10 at the break if Giroud looks tired. This is no time to hold back for tomorrow as if we do not win , Scudetto is history and more than likely CL is toast.

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