Sky: Pioli set to confirm Milan’s derby XI for crucial away clash vs. Roma

By Isak Möller -

Milan just about managed to knock out Red Star Belgrade from Europa League, advancing on away goals, and it’s safe to say there is a lot of pressure on the Rossoneri. On Sunday, they will take on fourth-placed Roma. 

Stefano Pioli made quite a lot of changes to the starting XI mid-week but was forced to bring in the strong cards anyway, as the game was very tough. As for the encounter with Roma, the manager has a pretty good idea of which players to field.

According to Sky Italia, as cited by MilanNews, he’s inclined to confirm the XI that played against Inter last weekend. That is, in other words, the usual back-four with Simon Kjaer and Alessio Romagnoli in the heart of the defence.

Sandro Tonali and Franck Kessie will team up in the middle once again, while Ante Rebic is ahead of Rafael Leao for the left-wing spot. Having said that, things could change after the training session tomorrow, which is the final one ahead of the game.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Tonali, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic.

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  1. Yeah, because that lineup worked so well against Inter. Are you kidding me Pioli! Tomori needs to be starting, everyone knows that but him. And Rebic has been terrible, Leao and Ibra is a much better combination. I don’t know if Pioli is stubborn or just clueless.

    1. Yeah, I don’t know what it is happening with Pioli. Sometimes I think that he should be replaced because he keeps making the same mistake. Romagnoli and Rebic have been playing terribly, and Pioli keeps putting them in the starting line. The problem is that if he continues on that mentality. Milan will keep failing. I don’t know if he puts Romagnoli because he is Italian. That shouldn’t be the reason why because he doesn’t deserve to be in the starting line. Tomori has done a much better work in fewer matches and Pioli doesn’t seem to realize that. It is annoying that he keeps using his same strategies and the other teams have already realized how to break them and hold the Milan team. I guess Milan needs another coach because Pioli is starting to disappoint. If they lose against AS Roma, I think Milan’s directives should consider kicking him out and seeking another manager for the team. Possibly Allegri would be a great choice again!

    2. As i keep saying pioli isn’t a good coach, but a lucky coach. He really really really lacks tactical ideas And afraid to make bold selection of his players.

    3. Think i was d only one who thought this.. i thought he wud hav played 442 vs inter.. more balance formation.. ibra n laeo up front with castalleo RM and HAUGE LM.. kessie is shit.. if u watch him play all he does is lose d ball tryin to be a playmaker which he aint n score penalties…. nothing more.. oh n he runs around like a headless chicken too

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