Tuttosport: Pioli to build his Milan starting XI around two fixed pairings

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli will build his team around two fixed pairings once the season officially resumes, according to a report.

With no football having been played since early March but a return on the cards when Milan face Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg on Friday, it appears as though places are ready to be played for again with any form out of the window.

However, Sunday’s edition of the newspaper Tuttosport – as cited by MilanNews – claims that Pioli will show loyalty to those players who offered him certainties before the Coronavirus-induced pause.

As a result, the Milan boss will build his starting XIs around the double pivot of Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer in midfield, as well as the defensive pairing of Simon Kjaer and Alessio Romagnoli.

These are the two “hinges” that are unlikely to be affected regardless of the impact of other players during training, and will almost certainly feature against Juventus.


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