Sky: Probable XIs for Cagliari vs. Milan – Pioli reverts to four-man defence

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli will put his faith in Yacine Adli plus a new-look attacking trio for the game against Cagliari, a report claims.

According to Sky, Mike Maignan is still out and did not leave with the team for Sardinia which means Marco Sportiello will be in goal, and Pioli will revert to a four-man defence with Theo Hernandez and Alessandro Florenzi the full-backs.

In the middle of the field the knot of Rade Krunic’s replacement needs to be resolved given he will be absent due to a muscular problem, and Adli is currently the favourite to start at the base of the three.

In attack, Olivier Giroud and Rafael Leao should rest, thus meaning a trio of Christian Pulisic, Noah Okafor and Samuel Chukwueze from left to right.

Meanwhile, Ranieri is thinking of a 3-5-2 where Wieteska will be back in defence after returning from suspension alongside Dossena and Obert.

Prati should be the regista with Nandez on the right favoured over Zappa, and Augello sure of a place on the opposite flank. Up front the fixed point is Luvumbo, and Petagna should partner him.

Probable Milan XI (4-3-3): Sportiello; Florenzi, Thiaw, Tomori, Theo; Loftus-Cheek, Adli, Reijnders; Pulisic, Okafor, Chukwueze.

Probable Cagliari XI (3-5-2) Radunovic; Wieteska, Dossena, Obert; Nandez, Makoumbou, Prati, Sulemana, Augello; Petagna, Luvumbo.

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  1. So now it’s Adli again back in at DM? Every article on this site contradicts the previous one. Next hour it will be RLC, Reijnders and Musah.

      1. Well, it’s not really news then is it? It’s just making stuff up, or talking out your arse in order to create content.

        You published these two articles within 20 minutes of each other:
        “Pioli expected to start Adli and new forward trio against Cagliari”
        “Adli heading towards January exit after latest hierarchy indications”?

        I know you have to keep the content rolling out every half hour but maybe get better sources.

  2. Adli seems like the worst idea for DM. According to previous reports it has been his defensive capabilities that have been critisized by Pioli. Loftus-Cheek would be a better option. He has size and good tecnique.

  3. Yes Loftus cheek would be a better option .
    Yes he has good physical strength ,and can not only help defend , but also with attack as he has got very good pace ..

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