Official: AC Milan vs. Atalanta starting XIs – Kjaer starts despite doubts; four changes

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has been forced into a number of changes for Friday’s clash against Atalanta, including playing Matteo Gabbia and Diego Laxalt in defence. 

The Rossoneri have been absolutely flying since the restart having won seven of their nine Serie A games, but their Lombardy neighbours have somehow gone even better than that, having won 11 of their last 13 league games.

Atalanta are having another sensational season under Gian Piero Gasperini, and they somehow seem to be getting better as every week goes by.

Milan enter the game with a crisis in terms of selection to contend with, something Pioli addressed in his pre-match press conference, but it still promises to be a thriller at San Siro.

Pioli has been forced into naming a makeshift back four involving Calabria, Gabbia, Kjaer and Laxalt. That means Kessie and Biglia will be in midfield, while there are no changes in attack.

Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia, Laxalt; Krunic, Biglia; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic.

Atalanta XI (3-4-2-1): Gollini; Toloi, Caldara, Djimsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gomez, Malinovskyi; Zapata.

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