MN: Krunic leapfrogs Messias for Napoli clash – how Milan’s XI should look

By Isak Möller -

Rade Krunic could play from the first minute this evening as AC Milan will take on Napoli without Rafael Leao. This is the latest indication that has arrived as Stefano Pioli has been pondering different solutions. 

Tonight’s clash is an important one and it’s a shame that the Rossoneri will be without Leao. The Portuguese winger has been in good form lately and it will be hard to replace him, but Pioli has been evaluating different solutions throughout the week.

As per MilanNews, it looks like Krunic is now in pole position to replace Leao. It was initially reported that Saelemaekers would take on the role, with Junior Messias starting on the right, but it seems the Belgian will keep his right-wing spot.

Starting Krunic will perhaps give Milan a more balanced look, while he will be able to switch positions with Charles De Ketelaere more fluently. It could also give Theo Hernandez the opportunity to overlap more than usual.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Theo; Bennacer, Tonali; Saelemaekers, De Ketelaere, Krunic; Giroud.

Tags AC Milan Napoli Rade Krunic


  1. Kossy underated Krunic.i could remember this Krunic was the only standout player against Liverpool at San siro last season.Krunic has something special take it or leave it.

  2. Makes sense. Cant field all the forwards from the start. Rade will hold his own, he always does imao, despite the haters. P.S maybe some of you should consider supporting the players that wear the red&black insted of bashing them. my 2 cents

  3. Even if it’s the official line-up, we only have wait and see how the formation aligned holds against Napoli and how Krunic plays and contributes in the game , then we can judge him or the coach for the choice. Remember he is the coach and know the players because he’s with them every day on and outside the field. He won the scudeto last year when most of us fans didn’t even think we could and always insulted the coach, players and the management for wanted to distroy Milan and couldn’t win anything. Stop whining, watch the team and support them or give the real Milan fans a chance to appreciate and enjoy their team and players because they all have a part to play. You think Inter and Juventus have better players and coach, go support them!

  4. for the first time, people are speaking up against that lil trash, everyone is entitled to his opinion, however if you dont agree with others’ , why insult, no comment goes by from the tramp, without insulting people in general, krunic may not be that “smashing guy”, but you cant ever take it away from him that our last 3-4 matches b4 winning the scudetto, the man gave his all for milan and it doesnt make sense starting our 2 right wingers, who comes in for messias in 2nd half? i personally would have prefered diaz being played on the wings, he did it well against juve and torino last season or rather play a diff formation, 3421, to accomodate the absence of our strong winger

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