Official: Lazio vs. AC Milan starting XIs – two changes to the defence

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has made two changes to the starting line-up that will face Lazio compared to the team that lost the Supercoppa Italiana to Inter.

Ciprian Tatarusani will be in goal again given Mike Maignan’s injury with captain Davide Calabria joined by the centre-back pairing of Pierre Kalulu and Fikayo Tomori, the former coming back in for Simon Kjaer. Theo Hernandez has muscle fatigue, so Sergino Dest starts at left-back.

The midfield double pivot will be composed of Sandro Tonali and Ismael Bennacer, with Brahim Diaz ahead of them as the central attacking midfielder over Charles De Ketelaere who starts on the bench.

Junior Messias and Rafael Leao will occupy the right and left wings respectively, with Olivier Giroud once against tipped to lead the line, looking for his first goal of 2023.

Official Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Dest; Tonali, Bennacer; Messias, Diaz, Leao; Giroud.

Bench: Vasquez, Mirante, Adli, Rebic, Kjaer, Origi, Thiaw, Pobega, Krunic, Vranckx, Gabbia, Saelemaekers, De Ketelaere, Bozzolan.

Official Lazio XI (4-3-3): Provedel ; Hysaj , Casale, Romagnoli, Marusic; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Pedro, Felipe Anderson, Zaccagni.

Bench: Maximiano, Marius, Gil, Vecino, Marcos Antonio, Cancellieri, Romero, Radu, Lazzari, Bertini, Basic, Fares.

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  1. I feel like pioli never learns. We need salads in there to balance the midfield. Our defense has been bleeding. Just hope we score first.

  2. Id like to see Adli and CDK given a chance out wide instead of Mesias/salad – even Rebic would be an improvement, or Maldini next year when hes back from loan. Just pick someone different.

  3. Anyway, if we lose this game, in my opinion the FIGC could save time and end the season today, declaring Napoli champion in advance… 12 points, I mean it’s ridiculous.

  4. Why is dest starting a crucial game such as this the lack of consistancy in defence is due playing a different back 4 every game

  5. This is the same reason that got Pioli
    fired in both Lazio and Inter, his inability to recognize his mistakes, and having the courage to drop players when they clearly are out of depth, it would have been better to add one more midfielder in the middle .

      1. I’m just pointing out that Tomori has played just as bad since October. If you disagree with that statement I don’t think you’ve been watching enough games.

  6. Who put Tata in goal. Who keeps trying to make something work that obviously doesnt. When you lose your dressing room when the players obviously dont listen to you the logical thing is to go. This Milan team is done we need change of players change of formation change of coach change of so many things. Milan never had identity with Pioli never. Last season we became champions out of luck and out of some incredible individual performances but never a great team performance. This Pioli never had a clear tactical solution and you can see it this season its a compliment if you say that what we demonstrate is mediocrity. Sad but if we dont change Pioli we wont even qualify for Champions League

      1. Haha i always said we won because of ibrahimovic remember first half of pioli first season ? Fiorentina 5 milan 1 same shit, now you going to see real pioli magic, ibrahimovic saved his job you idiots

  7. Pioli Pioli Pioli ! Dude never learns. Seems out of his depths too. We all know most of the material you have to work with is average, but come on!

  8. U guys realize we’re playing the third best team in the league after us with almost the same record. We’re coming off of bad form, it could happen that we lose. We aren’t exactly playing Chievo now

  9. I predicted this, Pioli is the main problem, he refuses to evolve, why persist with players that are off,Kjaer ,Messias…?
    Using the same formation and tactics that are not working, he should change the formation, and drop anyone who is off, even the management is to blame, buying Messias and Florenzi was a big mistake,Kjaer is finished, let him revert to a 442 formation or 433 with better cover in the midfield, and please drop Tata…

  10. You guys are here shouting Ibrahim Diaz, what of Giroud and calabria?
    Since Calabria returned from injury, we are playing 9 against 11 minus calabria and Giroud

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