MN: Probable XIs for Milan vs. Spurs – Pioli still with doubts to resolve

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is set to stick with the 3-4-2-1 formation from Friday night’s win over Torino for the game against Torino, a report claims.

According to MilanNews, there will again be a three-man defence in front of Ciprian Tatarusanu formed by Pierre Kalulu, Simon Kjaer (ahead of Malick Thiaw at the moment) and Fikayo Tomori, who is back from injury.

The midfield department will consist of the Sandro Tonali and Rade Krunic pairing again as Ismael Bennacer is not fit enough to player, with Theo Hernandez on the left and Davide Calabria favoured over Alexis Saelemaekers.

The Belgian is also in a battle with Brahim Diaz for a place in attack together with Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud, so there are essentially three places that have not yet been fully decided.

Probable Milan XI (3-4-2-1): Tatarusanu; Kalulu, Kjaer, Tomori; Calabria, Tonali, Bennacer, Theo Hernandez; Brahim; Giroud, Leao.

Bench: Mirante, Thiaw, Gabbia, Ballo-Touré, Florenzi, Pobega, Vranckx, De Ketelaere, Messias, Rebic, Origi.

Injured: Maignan, Bennacer, Adli, Dest, Vranckx, Ibrahimovic.

Below is the probable line-up for Tottenham for tomorrow’s match:

Probable Spurs XI (3-4-2-1): Forster; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Skipp, Sarr, Perisic; Kulusevski, Son; Kane.

Suspended: Hojbjerg

Injured: Bentancur, Bissouma, Sessegnon Lloris.

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  1. Drop Kjaer, play Thiaw.

    I don’t care how much experience Kjaer has, he’s out of shape and playing terribly at the moment. His mistakes directly cost Milan league points.

    Don’t let him cost us the CL too.

  2. Pioli: “I had to drop Thiaw because I can’t play the same defensive line two games in a row. Even if it worked like a charm in the last game. Thank you and goodnight.”

  3. Im not saying pioli necessecarily would be right if he leaves out thiaw but its a “propable XI” according to the milan news article. When that is said it can always be argued that kjær has far more experience in big important games than thiaw has. He is a bloody captain for one of the best international defenses in recent years at least up untill the world cup. It would also be thiaws debut in any european cup tournament besides of the the uefa youth league and that in a very important game. It could also be a tactical decison, for example if we expect to have to defend a lot as kjær is generally pretty good at passing precise long balls and thereby give us more room for counter attacks.
    Anyways thiaw has done well lately but i wouldnt really blame pioli if he tries what seems like the most safe bet and that is certainly not a debutant if kjær is deemed fit.

    1. He’s too slow to learn. This is why he’ll never be a top tier coach. We should get someone like De Zerbi or Palladino in the Summer. I’m afraid Spurs will easily tear through Calabria, Kjaer and Tomori.

  4. Zlatan injured? Rather unregistered?

    I think experience means a lot in this game, Kjaer has not looked good since his injury but against a team with the speed of Son and Kulusevski we will be sitting deeper, and thus we need him in the air against Kane. I think it makes sense.

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