Official: AC Milan vs. Barcelona starting XIs – Pioli makes just one change

By Isak Möller -

Stefano Pioli has made just one change to the starting XI for this morning’s clash between AC Milan and Barcelona. In other words, he has once again decided to rely on what should be the starters for next season. 

Davide Calabria sustained a minor injury in the game against Juventus and will thus not play from the first minute this time out. Pioli has decided to replace him with the experienced Alessandro Florenzi, who was in a battle with Alexis Saelemaekers.

Other than that, though, it’s exactly the same XI as we saw in the game against the Bianconeri. After a loss and a draw, the Rossoneri will be looking to grab their first win in the final game of the USA pre-season tour.

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

Bench: Mirante, Sportiello; Bartesaghi, Kalulu, Kjær, Simić; Adli, Pobega, Romero, Saelemaekers, Zeroli; Colombo, De Ketelaere, Traore.

Official Barcelona XI (3-5-2): Pena; Kounde, García, Araujo, M. Alonso; Pedri, Romeu, Fermin; Raphinha, F. Torres, Abde.

Bench: Astralaga, Ter Stegen; Balde, Casadó, Christensen, Dest, Dembelé, de Jong, Fati, Faye, Garrido, Gavi, Gündoğan, Kessie, Lenglet, Lewandowski, Martínez, S. Roberto, Valle, Yamal.

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    1. He will never be Barcelona’s starter, because he isn’t technically enough for Barcelona’s mid.

      Kessie might be fit for Premier League, but he choose Barcelona. A big blunder.

  1. Same ol Pioli 4-2-3-1. No change in game play, nothing new, just new players for the same system. I don’t get how the media is somehow coming up with this 4-3-3 thing.

  2. Poor milan to still have pioli, he surely can do no change at all at first half, pioli got nothing in his head.. 2 or even 3 more goal for barca if we still play like this

  3. Unless Pioli is fired and we get some decent mids (RLC is garbage and Tijanni isn’t filling me with hope) we’re not winning anything AND finishing outside the top four, AGAIN.

    1. I was surprised when some Milan fans here were saying we were strengthning the midfield with better players than Tonali. Like seriously?!
      Put aside their quality for a moment, we didn’t even need all three of RLC, Tijanni and Musah. Give me another player who brings something different. We’ve had a good mercato so far, but I personally wouldn’t have signed RLC.

  4. Of course Pioli resorts to his second son after Krunic, Saladmaker. Barca is ripping us apart with their kids meanwhile ours are sold or rot away on the bench.

  5. Florenzi’s fitness is so bad, the guy can barely run.
    Tomori also bad, overall bad game for us. Tbh we need to improve a lot.

  6. Honestly! This coach is what needs to be fired not maldini or masarra! This coach knows nothing about Milan DNA! What an average coach with no track record of any success or trophy ever in his coaching career not until Milan made him win…. Now with new quality player , same old story! I’m sure come season ending maldini will be justified!

      1. I don’t have your time PlayStation warrior! Go on and face your football manager! You have right to your own opinion

  7. Thank you Mr Pioli , you have gone a great job but you. cant lead us to the promise land. We look bang average in every pre-season game like we did in January !! no ideas , new players same rubbish . Can someone tell me what Krunis does ? or What position Loftus was playing?? Also , there’s no way Adli is worse than Krunic !!! give the man a chance

  8. Ever since this man bad been in the affairs of Milan, his pre-season had always been riddled with looses upon looses! Imagine loosing all your matches with top quality teams! It was the same last season and season before the last! Does Barcelona have two heads or Madrid or even Juventus that made them at least have a win? What a looser of a coach

      1. Butter fan boy! I’m sure you are hurting from the loss! I can feel your pain however truths hurts and since you are piojo fanboy, it doesn’t hurt if you go soak yourself in some call of duty or whatever baked graphics works your relishes! Ciao

  9. What a shitshow, thoroughly outplayed by a B-C team of Barcelona. Three games, Three losses, sold one of our best players and bought mostly mediocre players and look no better, if anything worse than last season. Pioli and Redbird can go fuck themselves for destroying this team.

  10. I have said this often and often we have a perfect player and Good squad but we are not use to the 4-3-3 please Mr Pioli don’t implement 4-3-3 for us because is not walking rather go back to our 4-2-3-1 that will accumulate leao, pulisic and Romero at you coach have seen it we can’t use 4-3-3 to defeat big teams at all is because of champions league I’m just crying that’s why

  11. Well this is still preseason game. But I agree, Pioli can’t bring a good game playing for Milan players.

    No fast counter attack. Too much passing around in the middle, when we have a chance to counter attack.

    We have Leao, Pulisic, Theo, and even Reijnder can running, but too slow.

    Why don’t Pioli see how middle team of Premier League played. How fast, and effective their counter attack.

    Hope we will not seeing this kind of play system in this season.

    If we still like this, I agree that management must change Pioli with another coach who can change medioker team become a good team, such as De Zerbi with Brighton.

    1. Final piece management must add to the team after the new players. I doubt Pioli will last beyond 2 months into the season.

  12. Just cant wait for a season to start, even if we will have okafor n samu on our attacking im in a real doubt how pioli can use them wisely, coz i really believe he can’t… Today is the show of how milan lack of movement, lack of power and lack of a sharp shooter,
    dear Lord!!!

  13. If he claims to invent new aggressive attacking style, stats don’t lie;
    According to
    Possession Milan 38.4 vs 61.6( totally outplayed)
    Total shots Milan 8 vs 18( totally outrun)
    Corners Milan 4 vs 8
    Passes Milan 360 vs 601( totally out thoughts)
    Tackling Milan 41% vs 47%( totally outmuscled)
    Passing accuracy Milan 85% vs 92%…
    Season starts in a week time; if these are the teams we will be facing in the champions league and even the sun-par quality serie-A we are in for a long ride!
    Lord have mercy on rossoneri faithful

    1. You are so useless…. ‘41% vs 47% = out muscled?? Hahaha 6% difference 🙂

      And ‘out thoughts’ – not even a word!
      Lol you need Jesus

      1. I’m sick of people who calls Jesus as someone interested in their football ego! Remember this is a forum, a platform to air opinion! So if Jesus where to judge he would tell you when I express my opinion about DNA I didn’t attack you with my comment, you did first and so you are at fault! So stop calling Jesus in vain please and repent and ask for forgiveness!

  14. Damn! The frogs are all out, croaking so loud early at dawn. Yo’ what’s going on?

    It’s just preseason. I see no reason for all this. Can you please just hush it?

    1. No we ain’t croaking! Pre-season is a pointer to what will be in the season! Why are Barcelona taking it seriously, Arsenal taking it seriously, Man utd coach ten hag warning players who aren’t giving their all, inter and Napoli giving their all to win? It’s because it’s very important…. So I’m not croaking I’m only airing my opinion.

      1. Your opinion is ridiculous. You sound like a teenage girl, complaining about anything you can think of- it’s tiring to see you moronic complaining everywhere.

  15. Ac are Minus three so only 8 Players go against barca Plus no Coach.
    Florenzi,Tomorrow,Loftis Chek are Scraps
    Plus Giour who reached the point of Decline.

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