Official: Sampdoria vs. Milan starting XIs – five changes from win over Celtic

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has made five changes to his starting XI from the team that beat Celtic 4-2 on Thursday night.

The Rossoneri will be looking to extend their lead atop the Serie A table to five points once again when they take on Sampdoria at the Marassi on Sunday night.

Gianluigi Donnarumma will be in goal protected by a back four of Davide Calabria, Matteo Gabbia, Alessio Romagnoli and Theo Hernandez.

With Ismael Bennacer injured, Sandro Tonali will partner Franck Kessie in the midfield. On the right wing will be Alexis Saelemaekers and Brahim Diaz on the left side, with Hakan Calhanoglu the playmaker behind Ante Rebic, acting as the centre-forward given the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Official Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Gabbia, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Tonali; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Diaz; Rebic.

Bench: A. Donnarumma, Tătărușanu, Conti, Dalot, Duarte, Kalulu, Castillejo, Hauge, Krunić, Mionić, Colombo, Maldini.

Official Sampdoria XI (4-4-1-1): Audero; Bereszynski, Ferrari, Tonelli, Augello; Candreva, Thorsby, Adrien Silva, Jankto; Gabbiadini; Quagliarella.

Bench: Letica, Ravaglia, Colley, Yoshida, Regini, Rocha, Askildsen, Ekdal, Léris, Damsgaar; Verre, Ramirez, La Gumina.

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