MN: The two major selection doubts Pioli has ahead of Atalanta-Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has a couple of doubts to resolve ahead of the short trip to face Atalanta on Sunday night, a report claims.

According to a report from MilanNews, the whole group did training at Milanello this morning including Sandro Tonali, who suffered a problem with his flexor muscle during the preseason game against Vicenza which forced him to miss the season opener versus Udinese.

Pioli has two doubts after the match against Udinese which resulted in a 4-2 win and both Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz being stars of the show.

The first doubt is whether to play Giroud or Rebic as the centre-forward, and the second is whether to give the nod to Alexis Saelemaekers or Junior Messias as the right winger. In tomorrow’s morning training, Pioli will begin to resolve those doubts with specific training tests which should give more of a clue about the intended starting XI.

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers Ante Rebic Atalanta-Milan Junior Messias Oliver Giroud


  1. It’s Giroud for me ,he is a perfect target man ,and technically he is the best on the planet ,yes he is that good ,he doesn’t need many chances to score .
    He will / can score 20 goals this season …Also he is the man for the biggest games …it’s not all about pace but great vision and awareness..In the 18 yard area he is the best ( no doubt ) about that .He also has an amazing belief in his own ability and so have I .

  2. for the type of defence atalanta have its better to have rebic hes going to make team more into pressing while giroud would make them more defensive

  3. Should go with Rebic — he has the hot hand. Go with the in-form man coming off a 2-goal performance and I agree with Rosso that for Atalanta he’s a better matchup for us anyway.

    As for RW, NEITHER Messias NOR Saele should start. Put CDK out there to start the match at RW right from the first minute. We would be a MUCH MUCH stronger and more dangerous team with him on the field than those 2 guys. No doubt about it.

  4. Why are they even mentioning Saelemaekers as starting. He shouldn’t even come off the bench. Messias is so much better and CDK should be ahead of him as well.

    1. Salaem is better than jr Messiah defensively, with team play and work rate… Messiah is only better that him in shooting with one leg, while sakaemeker can shoot with both legs, more skilful than Messiah.

  5. Start with rebic he is in a great form than put in Giroud the last 30minutes he just came out of injury, for RW play Messias, that guy is a hard working player he gives his all to the team I don’t know why milan fans hate him.. he play with his whole heart for Milan

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