Sky: Bennacer will start alongside Bakayoko in midfield tonight – rest for Tonali

By Isak Möller -

Just three changes were expected to the starting XI following the defeat against Liverpool earlier this week, but Stefano Pioli has decided to go with one more. Instead of Sandro Tonali, Ismael Bennacer will start. 

The manager has decided to give the young Italian some rest, while Franck Kessie is also left out due to a technical choice. According to Sky Italia, as cited by MilanNews, it will thus be Bennacer and Tiemoue Bakayoko in the midfield tandem.

It will be an important game for Milan they most likely need to win to stay at the top of the standings. The Scudetto race is incredibly tight and a good run of games ahead of Christmas would be a great confidence boost.

There is no denying, however, that Pioli is having to deal with many injuries and this hasn’t exactly made things easy. Hopefully, the game plan will be the right one this evening.

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Tags AC Milan Ismaël Bennacer Sandro Tonali Udinese


  1. Are our players really so fragile that they cannot play 2 games in a week? What the hell is really going on? Premier League teams sometimes play 3 games a week, and they rarely make even a few rotations. Liverpool fields some of their top players even when they don’t need to win. For example, Salah and Mane play almost every time they are fit. I am so tired of our injury situation and this idea that our young players cannot play 2 games a week, or a few games in a row without resting, or without picking up an injury. Like this we will struggle to stay in top 4, let alone win the scudetto. Pathetic!

    1. I will say it for anyone who wants to listen, Pioli doest not like Tonali and Kalulu, he’d rather field an injured Kessie and make excuse to not play Tonali. And when Tonali manages to start he almost never plays 90mins no matter much he inflluences on the pitch

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