Tuttosport: Pioli has decided on defence and midfield vs. Atalanta – only doubts are in attack

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli is studying the team that he should play against Atalanta in Sunday’s huge top four decider, according to a report.

As Tuttosport writes (via MilanNews), Pioli is continuing to prepare the line-up to play against Atalanta knowing that only a win in Bergamo will guarantee a top four spot. There are however plenty of spots that have already been decided.

For example, in the middle of the field will be Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessie. The defensive quartet has also been confirmed with Davide Calabria and Theo Hernandez the full-backs either side of Simon Kjaer and Fikayo Tomori.

The only doubt is in attack, and it cannot be excluded that Pioli fields Mario Mandzukic from the start against La Dea and moves Ante Rebic back to being the left winger. His choices will become more clear and apparent in the coming days as preparations continue at Milanello.

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  1. Mandzukic

    Rebic – Hakan – Saelemaekers

    Late substitution =

    Leao for Mandzukic
    Hauge for Rebic
    Diaz for Hakan
    Castilejo for Maekers

  2. My vote goes to the same attack that fielded against Juventus. Think we should aim to sit deep and hit them hard on the counter, our best weapons are speed and agility. Mandzukic would be a good tower/target man late in the came if we need to put more attackers in the box and desperately need that win.

    1. But Ibra was a huge part of the win against Juventus before he left injured so we already know we can’t field the same team. Ibra’s ability to soak up attention from the defense, which makes his teammates more confident and bold, is just not replaceable.

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