Official: Sassuolo vs. AC Milan starting XIs – five changes from Bologna win

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has made five changes to the starting line-up that will face Sassuolo compared to the team that beat Bologna on Saturday night.

Mike Maignan will start in goal while Fikayo Tomori and Theo Hernandez remain as part of the back four, but Alessandro Florenzi and Simon Kjaer have come in for Davide Calabria and Pierre Kalulu respectively.

Tommaso Pobega and Ismael Bennacer form the double pivot with Sandro Tonali rested. Alexis Saelemaekers has been given the nod over Junior Messias on the right flank, with Rafael Leao on the opposite wing.

Charles De Ketelaere is back to starting on the bench as Brahim Diaz returns from minute one, and Olivier Giroud will be asked to work overtime with Divock Origi and Ante Rebic both out.

Official Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Florenzi, Kjaer, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Pobega, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz, Rafael Leao, Giroud.

Bench: Tatarusanu, Mirante, Calabria, Ballo-Tourè, Adli, Tonali, Bakayoko, Kalulu, Messias, Gabbia, De Ketelaere.

Official Sassuolo XI (4-3-3): Consigli; Toljan, Erlic, Ferrari, Rogerio; Frattesi, M. Lopez, Thortsvedt; Berardi, Pinamonti, Kyriakopoulos.

Bench: Pegolo, Russo, Marchizza, Ayhan, Matheus Henrique, Harroui, Alvarez, Obiang, D’Andrea, Tressoldi, Defrel.

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  1. Kjaer to start🤦‍♂️man I can only hope he’s fit. Was hoping Gabbia to start and Kjaer come in later on.
    Also poor Theo and Leao who don’t get no rest

  2. Looks like Salamaekers isn’t going to be the wildcard after all this season 😅😅😅 messing up his chances today.

    Maybe Ziyech is coming tomorrow.

  3. Looks like we another striker… I would’ve crazily got cutrone back. Wouldve been a cheap deal and rejuvenate his career again. Hasnt done well since he left milan. I rated him before we sold him to wolves.I really hope we don’t get ronaldo. He kills clubs. What happened to columbo… Lazetic really needs to be on the bench if hes fit. Give him 30 minutes to give giroud a rest. We miss so many chances with a simple tap to giroud or anyone in that position. They dont have to be amazing… I would like to see saelemakers up front for a game… Hes a menace at closing down players. Works hard. Not everyones favourite but we’re clutching at straws at the moment.

  4. why does pioli force diaz as AM… attack milan like a kindergartner playing soccer…
    sale starts again making unimportant mistakes, so the opponent gets a penalty… luckily fails…
    the second half pierre kalulu had to play because the right sector was filled with slow players and the opposing team took advantage of this.
    and replace diaz with CDK

  5. Looking at the free agents in the striker positions. Theres lots of options. We dont need anyone great. Just someone who can tap them in. So many simple passes taps we miss to get giroud or anyone in that position to score. Andy caroll is available haha or Douglas costa, berinho.. . Lots of target men available for free by the looks of it…

  6. Why do we field Diaz?
    What was Diaz doing on the field?
    Why make matches difficult for Milan? Take points from sassuolo and head into the Derby with pride.
    What’s the essence of sacrificing 3 points for 3 points?

    1. Exactly, Pioli is getting too cocky, he should ‘ve played.Adil and CDK from the start, but Pool I prefers to field a weak Xl , another two point lost. This rotation is too costly!!!

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