MN: Milan’s probable XI for Inter clash – Leao back plus a defensive change

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan will have it all to do in the second leg of their Champions League tie against Inter on Tuesday night, with Stefano Pioli preparing what he hopes will be a winning line-up.

Milan start the second leg two goals down after a difficult night at San Siro on Wednesday, but MilanNews writes that Rafael Leao should be back in the team. He trained with the squad for the full session today barring the final practice match.

In terms of the other choices, Mike Maignan will be in goal with Davide Calabria and Theo Hernandez as full-backs. There should be a change at centre-back, with Malick Thiaw taking the place of Simon Kjaer alongside Fikayo Tomori.

Rade Krunic should recover in time to start in the midfield alongside Sandro Tonali, just as Junior Messias is expected to recover but at the moment Alexis Saelemaekers has the slight edge in the battle for the right wing spot.

Brahim Diaz and Leao complete the trident behind Olivier Giroud who will again start as the centre-forward.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1) Maignan; Calabria, Thiaw, Tomori, Theo; Tonali, Krunic; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Leao; Giroud.

Doubts: Saelemaekers-Messias

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  1. Onces Calabria is not Benchedand Kalalu is Lined up
    .Tomori is to bemched and Gabbia is to be Lined up.
    If not so do not lose a time to watch S Pioli working for Inter.

    1. What’s wrong with you? Clawn
      Tomori to be benched for Gabbia.
      And Kalulu over calabria, please what’s wrong with Calabria.

  2. Juve is wining again right now. Milan would always struggle against lower team. Inter, Juve Lazio, Atalanta would still win even smaller clubs sit back to defend. I guess it is the crop of players that we are recruiting is the problem. Either we don’t have enough to buy quality players or our scouting team are not doing enough.

  3. Mr. pioli.
    From Africa. Nairobi. You want to base the game on Theo. Release him as attention is on a tight Leao. Without your trusted double pivot pairing, perhaps play a 1-4-3-3 so that Pogeba is In a more natural position as Mezzala, with Tonali deep and I propose Salaemakers as the third piece. Upfront, Diaz and Leao will make up a folding duet behind Giroud. The complete ploy would then involve offensive mobility for Pogeba and Salaemae rkers and by extension Diaz as they form a 1-4-41-1 offensive with such rotational fluidity that makeslife difficult for the opponents. The same system can morph into a 1- 4 -3-2-1 where either or both Leao and Brahim dip into midfield to collect the ball within their own half, with Pogeba/Theo or Calabria/ salaemaerkers opening wide, and also paving way for the straight down the middle option. The1 -4-3-2-1 also works well in dealing with a low block from Inter. Byallowingmore central collection points for Diaz and Leao then offering passing/movement options wide, you will inevitably create direct goal scoring opportunities/fouls. All the best Rosonneri

  4. Saelemaekers?? Has Pioli run out of players other than Saelemaekers, his skills and techniques are below standard, one in one don’t expect saelemakers, players who must be thrown out of the San siro

  5. Kalulu has been a shadow of himself, making wrong and rough tackles. As much as I don’t trust calabria, I will tip him ahead of Kalulu.

    For those clamoring for Salesmaker to be benched don’t watch Milan matches.
    Salesmaker is just like what Krunic used to be to we fans before we started to notice how influential he is.

    Pioli only needs to get his tactics right.
    A full fluidity within the midfielders, interchanging positions and releasing passes more quickly.
    He has to trust Salesmaker, and find a way to switch passes diagonally for a 1-on-1 with Leao.
    We also have to press higher.
    Make tactical substitutes if the match is going south.

    These are our best leg for this match.


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