Tuttosport: The line-up changes Pioli is expected to make vs. Dortmund

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are back in action tomorrow night at San Siro in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund in what is a crucial game in the race for the knockout rounds.

Today’s edition of Tuttosport (via PianetaMilan) reports that three changes are expected compared to the line-up that faced Fiorentina on Saturday evening in the league and two of them will be in midfield.

Rade Krunić and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will play from the first minute in place of Yunus Musah (suspended) and Tommaso Pobega. It remains to be seen whether the Englishman will play as a ‘tactical’ attacking midfielder – as he did against PSG – in a 4-2-3-1 or whether the formation will be 4-3-3.

The other change is in attack, where Olivier Giroud – who still has to serve a one-match ban against Frosinone on Saturday – will return to his place as an attacking midfielder, sending Luka Jović back to the bench.

It remains to be seen whether Simon Kjær will return to the squad because Pioli is short of alternatives among the central defenders. The Dane trained individually at Milanello yesterday.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Thiaw, Tomori, Theo Hernández; Krunić, Reijnders; Chukwueze, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic; Giroud.

Bench: Mirante, Nava, Bartesaghi, Florenzi, Nsiala-Makengo, Adli, Pobega, Chaka Traorè, Jović.

Tags AC Milan Milan Borussia Dortmund


  1. Krunic straight back in…… I am surprised…….🤔…….!
    Surely a more technical minded player would be better again the Germans….

    1. But what options do we have ?? Only adli can play better offensive than Krunic… But he’s not good in defending as a defensive midfielder so we literally have no options

    2. Can you guarantee Adli will have good defense against Dortmund when he even made nasty blunders against team like Udinese and Cagliari?

      And what other better option Pioli have when solid midfield like Musah and Bennacer are absent?

      1. Anybody remember the last match that Krunic started where we won the game??? I know we won the last 2 matches that he didn’t start. I know we didn’t lose a single match when he was out injured. And yet we are still pretending that he’s the only one that can play that position… Ok.

      1. Yep. 10 new players do that. At least on paper. 😀 😀 😀

        PS. I admit I was one of the idiots who claimed “now we have depth” when the season started. LOL. What an idiot… 😛

  2. We can’t used Leao, Okafor, Musah, Benna, Kalulu, Kjaer, and Sportiello.

    We also can’t used Tonali because he already sold to Newcastle lol.

    So this line up is pretty much the best Pioli can get.

    I also don’t care what tactics Pioli used like park the bus, negative football, or whatever as long it can bring three points.

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