ML: Probable Milan XI to face Udinese – Pioli to reverse changes as Kessie and Calhanoglu return

By Oliver Fisher -

After making five changes to his starting XI for Thursday’s win over Sparta Praha, head coach Stefano Pioli is expected to revert to his ‘strongest’ XI.

As MilanLive reports, Stefano Pioli and his coaching staff are working hard to prepare for Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off against Udinese at the Stadio Friuli, a time slot and a venue that have produced mixed fortunes for the Rossoneri.

The outlet reports that there will be more changes to the line-up for the trip south, and although Diogo Dalot and Brahim Diaz were among the best on the pitch against Sparta, there will be no room for them in the XI as Theo Hernandez and Hakan Calhanoglu will take their positions back respectively.

Samu Castillejo will make way for Alexis Saelemaekers, while Rafael Leao will play again this time in place of Rade Krunic, with Ante Rebic deemed not fit enough to start yet.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unmoved, as well as the central defensive pairing of Kjaer-Romagnoli and the double pivot of Kessie-Bennacer. Ciprian Tatarusanu remains in goal as Milan wait for Gianluigi Donnarumma to beat Coronavirus.

Probable Milan formation (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli; Theo Hernandez, Kessie, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Leao; Ibrahimovic.

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