Sky: Clues emerge regarding line-up against Lazio including double pivot and centre-forward

By Oliver Fisher -

With Sunday’s crucial game against Lazio approaching fast, some clues have emerged from training as to what the starting line-up will be.

According to Sky Italia (via MilanNews), Milan trained this morning at Milanello and – in the training games ahead of Sunday’s match against Lazio – head coach Stefano Pioli tried Sandro Tonali and Franck Kessie in the middle of the field as the double pivot.

With the Ivorian back fit and Ismael Bennacer having not started the first two league games due to not being at his best condition, it seems that Tonali will get the nod to keep his spot and partner Kessie.

In attack, however, the Rossoneri coach gave little away. He alternated Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebic as the centre-forward, which means that the decision on who will start could very well come tomorrow or even on the day of the game itself.

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  1. So Kessie The Mercenary gets a place in the starting 11 after being sidelined for month yet Bennacer who has been loyal to the shirt 100% doesn’t get to play because he hasn’t STARTED in the previous two? Soooo, remind me again what’s the logic here? I’d choose Bennacer over Kessie any day.

  2. LoL kessie gets in the starting 11 over Bennacer wen kessie just got back from injury and Bennacer got playing time in the last two matchs! Makes real sense start one player that just got back from injury and trows the offers for renew of contratc over the window wen was in Tokyo said wen he was back to Milan we would solve the problem of the contract expire next summer!

  3. Did people not read the part about fitness issues? Maybe Kessie’s problem has resolved faster and better than Bennacer? Do you have inside information from Milan’s medical team? Please share. Bennacer has been having fitness issues for the better part of six months. Either way Kessie is the best of the trio. If we don’t play our best players and fail to qualify for the CL who will you blame then? By the mercenary logic aren’t players we buy from other clubs mercenaries to those clubs? Kessie wants to get paid. Get over it. The mistake was not selling this summer, even though I understand the club wanting to keep a squad strong enough to qualify for the CL again, which ultimately will be what enables us to strengthen in the long run.

  4. Milan need to insert automatic 1 year renewal like Chelsea when negotiating new contracts, tons of players going to PSG and Man city for the $$$. If someone offering you to double your salari you will go in heartbeat … what I don’t understand is leonardo going after milan players like a mad dog ….

    1. Leonardo is a trash director. That’s why he only lasted one season at Milan. Anyone can manage at a club with 200mm summerly budgets.

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