AC Milan must find a way to function without Sandro Tonali tonight as he will serve a one-match suspension in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg against Inter.
TMW write how Milan’s head coach Stefano Pioli addressed reporters during yesterday’s pre-match press conference about the absence of the Italian. “We have the alternatives to replace him in the best possible way,” he declared.
In tonight’s derby it will almost certainly be up to the double pivot of Bennacer and Kessie to try and take control of the midfield against an Inter side who will probably see their midfield as a big strength.
After a season of growth, Tonali has become a leader of the Rossoneri have has made 34 total appearances with 2 goals and 3 assists to his name. For Milan it will be almost a novelty to play without him, given he has missed just one game.
The one that he missed was the 2-1 defeat against Spezia on the night of referee Serra’s mistake, but it was also an underwhelming performance where neither midfielder really stepped up in the absence of the former Brescia man.