Tuttosport: New-look attacking trio to get a chance vs. Calgiari as Pioli rotates

By Oliver Fisher -

With so many games in quick succession, AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli plans to rotate the starting line-up to keep everyone fresh and tomorrow will be no exception.

According to Tuttosport (via MilanNews), Pioli will even do without Olivier Giroud and Rafael Leao against Cagliari from the start, two of his attacking leaders. Both will have a breather and initially start from the bench.

In their place Noah Okafor will play as the centre-forward and Christian Pulisic will be diverted to the left wing. On the right there should be an opportunity for Samuel Chukwueze who, like the Swiss striker, will have an important opportunity from the first minute.

With this new trident, Milan’s attack certainly loses a bit of physicality, but also definitely adds pace and speed to quickly attack the opponent’s half, which could be crucial given Claudio Ranieri’s side will probably try to frustrate.

Okafor has given positive responses in the segments of games he has played so far, but now he will have a big chance as a starter. Chukwueze on the other hand has already played once from the first minute, in the Champions League against Newcastle, but without convincing much.

Tomorrow will be a great opportunity for both of the forwards to show that the club were right to bet on them in the summer, especially the Nigerian who was the most expensive purchase.

Tags AC Milan Cagliari-Milan Noah Okafor Olivier Giroud Rafael Leao Samuel Chukwueze


  1. I am very excited this season ,,as we are looking good .the form of Olivier Giroud truly outstanding and he deserves merit …yes a rest will be useful,,,as he will come back even stronger..4 goals 3 assists…amazing for a man that is almost 37 years of age ,,,but what a bargain buy …yes indeed an amazing centre forward who is so physically strong ,and has amazing technical ability in an around the 18 yard area ..He will score around 20 goals this season …Yes I think pioli knows that all players need a rest from time to time ,,including Rafeol leao …so yes start them on the bench against caligari ,,,but I just hope changes are made gradually and not personal of 5 different players at the start of any game ..So if we can get a result against caligari ,,,then both Rafeo and Olivier will be ready for lazio …I have been impressed with Musah ,,,and indeed pulisic and Loftus cheek ( Loftus is such a good player to have in the midfield,so strong fast and a great tackler ….He will starting scoring a few goals soon ,I am sure of that .
    I have no doubt that we can win the scuddeto this season …

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