The first derby of the season is almost upon us, and there is the feeling that this is a real test of where this current AC Milan side are at.
In two days the Rossoneri will face off against their city rivals in what will be the most difficult exam post-lockdown, given they will face a genuine Scudetto contender in a high-pressure game.
According to MilanNews, Pioli will cling to his star performers in the hope of giving Milan fans a derby win in the league that has been missing since 2016.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic in particular will be instrumental. The Swede is known to get especially fired up for games against his old side, and even if the Curva Nord will not be present to whistle and jeer him, the stage is already big enough.
Ibrahimovic did not digest the 4-2 defeat in the last derby well, having served an assist and scored a goal but seeing everything collapse in the second half. He will look to avenge that loss on Saturday.