AC Milan take on Atalanta tonight away from the San Siro. Stefano Pioli’s boys have to continue building on the momentum after the victory against Udinese in Serie A’s first matchday.
Stefano Pioli missed a key player in the first game at the San Siro who is Sandro Tonali. He had to rely on his Bosnian midfielder Rade Krunic.
For this game, though, the former Empoli midfielder will not be ready. In fact, as relayed to you earlier, he will be out for a month. But, on the other hand, Sandro Tonali has recovered and should be able to start from the first minute.
The fans are also waiting to see how the tactician will make his choices in the attacking midfield department. Will Pioli rely on Brahim Diaz as his playmaker or Charles De Ketelaere? Milan Reports understands that it is the Real Madrid loanee who will start from the first minute, just like how he did against Udinese in matchday 1.
Brahim Diaz played very well in the previous Serie A game and Pioli does not want to lose that momentum that the player has right now. Charles De Ketelaere who is still getting accustomed to the league, style of play and language will have his minutes later during the match.
A winning lineup should not be changed, that is the motto of Stefano Pioli, it seems as he will continue to deploy Ante Rebic as his starting centre-back after the brace scored against Udinese. Olivier Giroud, who has recovered from injury will be sitting on the AC Milan bench, ready to enter whenever needed.
Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini will be looking to beat Milan as they have lost the last 2 games at the Gewiss stadium against the Rossoneri, last season and the one before it.
Possible lineups of Atalanta and AC Milan:
Here are the possible choices of coach Gasperini for his team:
3-4-1-2: Musso; Toloi, Okoli, Djmsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Koopmeiners, Mahele; Pasalic; Zapata, Lookman
As for the red and black faithful, this is what the team will look like:
4-2-3-1: Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Tonali, Bennacer; Messias, Brahim Diaz, Leao; Rebic