Official: AC Milan vs. Panathinaikos starting XIs – Kjaer returns; change up front

By Isak Möller -

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

Hopefully, they will end the pre-season tour on a strong note and get a much-needed boost ahead of the season opener.

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8 Comments

  1. Kourosh says:

    Krunic … at this rate he’s going to start the first league match too.

    1. Joe101 says:

      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

  2. Mübaé says:

    And Hauge scored from the bench today.

    1. RF says:

      Yes..yes..yess…!

    2. debo says:

      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 ..

      1. Muktar Ibrahim Bello says:

        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.

  3. Dave says:

    Krunic needs to leave this team ASAP we could add him in any deal even if its as a free agent.

  4. Joe Helmy says:

    Why Krunic? Where was Bennancer? Is Krunic better than Pobega?

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