MN: Probable Milan XI to face Roma – Leao returns and choice made in midfield

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan get their 2022 underway on Thursday night when they welcome Roma to the San Siro, with Stefano Pioli hoping to record a league double over Jose Mourinho.

According to what is being reported by MilanNews, the team news is beginning to filter from the Rossoneri camp as to the probable choices that Pioli will make, starting with the back line which should see Mike Maignan in goal then a defence formed of Alessandro Florenzi, Fikayo Tomori, Alessio Romagnoli and Theo Hernandez.

With Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessie at AFCON, the midfield double pivot is likely to be Sandro Tonali and Tiemoue Bakayoko, and ahead of them the trident should be Alexis Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz and Rafael Leao in support of the centre-forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Of course, Pioli should also have Ante Rebic and Davide Calabria at his disposal if needed, but both have been out for a while and therefore may not be ready to start.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Florenzi, Tomori, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Tonali, Bakayoko; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Leao; Ibrahimovic.

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  1. Echee says:

    The lineup is ok except bakayako.Instead of bakayako put krunic.May God help us.

    1. Rash says:

      I swear, they should put krunic

  2. Aliyu Hamisu says:

    Bakayoko again? Calabria and Krunic are all better. Bakayoko= horror tackles+wrong passes+build up play killings+ bad positioning.etc.

  3. Arber says:

    I prefere Calabria over Bakayoko and Krunic to be honest…

  4. DP says:

    After a break…we’re semi healthy, and we get Bakayoko?

    Thank God Calabria is back.

  5. Kossy says:

    Bakayoko is a better option, he just needs time….in his first season at Milan, theirs same thing happened but once he started kicking, he even benched kessie….krunic is worse and for now, bakayoko and tonali is the best bet

  6. Chief says:

    the only “best bet” Bakayoko is ………is for Roma,they love it that he is starting. Calabria has played mid before BUT he is not fully ready and it is a long second half of the season, every game is a must win from here on out. Krunic is bad but not worse.

  7. Chief says:

    mix up the formation a little,cannot hurt, I wold play Castillejo until he drops, he is fully rested up and wants to prove his value not only to Pioli but to the transfer market. He is way more physical than Diaz.

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