Tuttosport: Milan’s likely XI against Juventus – Pioli will stick with the 4-2-3-1

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli is ready to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation that he used against Inter for Thursday’s game against Juventus, a report claims.

Pioli tweaked the 4-4-2 system which had brought about positive results in the previous few games in favour of a formation suited to better protect the midfield, and it worked a treat until the second half.

According to Wednesday’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanLive), Pioli is determined to give the 4-2-3-1 another outing in front of over 70,000 fans at San Siro.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be confirmed as the starting striker, while Samuel Castillejo is guaranteed his spot on the right and Hakan Calhanoglu will be the trequartista.

On the left side though there is a battle between Ante Rebic and Giacomo Bonaventura, but with Rade Krunic still injured, Frank Kessie and Ismael Bennacer will keep their spots as the midfield pairing.

In defence there is also a doubt; namely whether Mateo Musacchio or Simon Kjaer gets the place next to captain Alessio Romagnoli.

Theo Hernandez will play as the left-back, while at right-back Tuttosport claims that Andrea Conti is suspended, meaning that Davide Calabria will start instead. Gianluigi Donnarumma will be in goal, with the occasion deemed too big to give his brother Antonio a start or January signing Asmir Begovic for that matter.

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