MN: Probable Milan XI to face Bologna – Calabria now tipped to start

By Oliver Fisher -

There are just over 24 hours left until AC Milan open their 2023-24 season with a trip to face Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.

According to what is being reported by MilanNews, Stefano Pioli will field an attacking trio formed of Christian Pulisic on the right wing, Rafael Leao on the opposite flank and Olivier Giroud as the centre-forward.

The three in midfield will be Rade Krunic operating at the base with Ruben Loftus-Cheek to his right and Tijjani Reijnders to his left.

Mike Maignan will be between the posts with Malick Thiaw and Fikayo Tomori the centre-backs and Theo Hernandez as the left-back.

The only doubt was right-back, given Davide Calabria had a period out between July and August due to a muscle problem. Initially, it was thought that Pierre Kalulu could take the field, but the captain is on pole for a starting spot.

Probable Milan XI (4-3-3): Maignan; Calabria, Thiaw, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Reijnders; Pulisic, Giroud, Leao.

Bench: Sportiello, Mirante, Florenzi, Calabria, Kjaer, Simic, Adli, Pobega, Zeroli, Chukwueze, Okafor, Luka Romero, Saelemaekers, Colombo, Chaka Traore.

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    1. Musah is suspended

      Pulisic has been playing well and you wanna bench him? Wtf

      You want Okafor to start over Leao, are you insane? and He isnt gonna displace Giroud from game one

      Krunic is the only DM here, he had a good season last year and people here suddenly treat him like sh*t wtf you all doing

    2. Chukwueze isnt in the bets condition yet
      Okafor is back from a serious injury
      Musah is suspended
      Krunic is the only player that can play cdm right now
      Giroud is the only fit Striker right now other than Colombo
      Pulisic was our best player in friendlies

      I dont know what kind of drugs you take, stop it.

  1. One of the things going for us this season is Pioli’s slowness to introduce new players….

    3 new players in the starting line up isn’t too bad. I’m reasonably confident ahead of the game but an early goal will probably be key.

  2. I think better 4231, where Leao get more incisive. And Pulisic will be better to as AM.

    433 seems just not get in to Pioli system.

    But, Pioli knows better, he is the coach.

    Just hope, he will bring Milan dominating again this season. But, if not, time to look another coach for me

    1. He doesn’t know better 😆😆😆 but even so we know even less.. still bangin my head to the wall when I look upon his choices though. I somehow believe we could be much much better in the hand of the right coach.

    2. We have no one for the 2man pivot. Bennacer is injured, Krunic is not that good enough there, especially with Loftus being a box-to-box. We will probably use 4231 more when Bennacer is back from injury.

  3. So excited. I just want our futbol to be distinctive and have an identity. More balance and unpredictability on offense. Some classy possession in the middle of the park. We’ve got the best keeper in the world. 4-0 Milan!!! Ok maybe 4-2 lol.

  4. I cannot see the problem with some of you.
    I really can’t …the starting line up is excellent..
    Some of you are so negative .
    The season has not even began yet ..
    Another negative is writing off Olivier Giroud..
    Write this man off at your peril..
    If he can stay fit with the players he has around him
    He can rack up a load of goals ..
    It will take the team a while to settle with all the new additions to the team ,but we will settle ,and we can challenge for honours again this season .
    Our manager is excellent…don’t write pioli off either .
    You all have short memories..yes ! Two seasons ago we won the scuddeto…You were all writing us off then .I said publicly that when we signed Olivier Giroud that we could win the scuddeto,which we did !
    We also ,just last season against all the odds reached the champions leauge final ..
    Just tell me why we can’t achieve similar this season ,with a new squad ,and indeed a better team now.!
    Just like I said it will take a while for these new members to gel together,but they will ..We will have a great team ..We will get off to a good win tonight..

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