Tuttosport: Probable Milan XI to face Sparta Praha – eight changes as Pioli opts for big rotation

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli is getting ready to make wholesale changes to his starting XI for Thursday night’s trip to face Sparta Praha at the Stadion Letna.

With qualification for the knockout stages already in the bag, all that needs to be resolved is whether Milan finish first or second in their group, but Tuttosport (via MilanLive) report that Pioli will seize the chance to rest key players.

Ciprian Tatarusanu will be between the posts instead of Gianluigi Donnarumma, and the defensive line will also see several new faces.

The full-backs will be Andrea Conti on the right and Diogo Dalot on the left, and Leo Duarte will be partnered in defence by one of Matteo Gabbia and Alessio Romagnoli.

Sandro Tonali and Rade Krunic will be the midfield pairing and there will also be a couple of surprises in attack. Samu Castillejo will be on the right wing, in the centre will be Brahim Diaz and on the left Pioli could choose Daniel Maldini, or possibly Hauge.

Finally in attack Lorenzo Colombo will have a new chance from the start, meaning Ante Rebic will get some rest.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu; Conti, Duarte, Romagnoli, Dalot; Krunic, Tonali; Castillejo, Diaz, Maldini; Colombo.

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