Milan will take on Panathinaikos in their final friendly clash in less than an hour and Stefano Pioli has named his starting XI for the game. Compared to the last outing, there are a few changes for the Rossoneri.
In defence, Simon Kjaer is back from start at the expense of Alessio Romagnoli, reuniting with Fikayo Tomori in the heart of the backline. Further up the pitch, Rade Krunic starts instead of Ismael Bennacer, who isn’t 100% yet.
Instead of a 4-2-3-1, this will be more like a 4-4-2 as Ante Rebic will start alongside Olivier Giroud up front. Alexis Saelemaekers and Rafael Leao will be the wingers, with Pioli hoping that this change can fuel the goalscoring.
Official Milan XI (4-4-2): Maignan; Calabria (Captain), Kjaer Tomori, Theo; Saelemaekers, Krunic, Tonali, Leao; Giroud, Rebic.
Official Panathinaikos XI (3-4-2-1): Dioudis; Sideras; Velez; Juankar; Chatzgiovanis; Mauricio; Perez; Kotsiras; Villafanez; Ngbakoto; Macheda
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Krunic … at this rate he’s going to start the first league match too.
will probably get the most amount of minutes on overall as well at the end of the season, with him being our secret key weapon for CL
keep hold of Pioli and this will be a certainty
And Hauge scored from the bench today.
This show awful pioli is concerning J Hauge management, The boy just show how good he his and talented, i believe pioli will be sack soon just like Freank Lampard ..
Am surprised when ever I heard a Milan fan calling for the sack of pioli, a man who manege to bring the team back to champions league football, this is unfair.
Krunic needs to leave this team ASAP we could add him in any deal even if its as a free agent.
Why Krunic? Where was Bennancer? Is Krunic better than Pobega?