Cutrone and André Silva to reportedly lead the Milan attack against AEK Athens, Çalhanoğlu could start too

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Patrick Cutrone during Milan-Rijeka at Stadio San Siro on September 28, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Patrick Cutrone during Milan-Rijeka at Stadio San Siro on September 28, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

AEK Athens are coming to San Siro tomorrow night and Vincenzo Montella is thinking of his line-up.

Cutrone and Silva showed very little chemistry in the last Europa League match when they played alongside each other against Rijeka, but it seems that Montella is considering to start them tomorrow too.

According to this morning’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 19-year-old Italian and the 21-year-old Portuguese are expected to be the two strikers in Montella’s 3-5-2 when the Rossoneri play AEK Athens in the Europa League on Thursday night at Stadio San Siro at 21:05 CET. Milan are currently top of their group and are at the moment seen by many as one of the favorites to win the EL, perhaps along with Arsenal from the Premier League, on which you can find little known facts, stats & trivia about the league.

Silva has been on fire in Europe (but has yet to score a goal in Serie A), he is the joint-top scorer in the tournament so far with 4 goals (Milan are the side that scored the most goals with 8) and will look to add more goals to his record after his €38 million move from Porto in the summer.

Hakan Çalhanoğlu during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)
Hakan Çalhanoğlu during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

In addition to a Cutrone-Silva duo, Gazzetta reports that Hakan Çalhanoğlu could also have space from the first minute tomorrow. The Turkish was suspended for the Derby della Madonnina and he will look to make some more assists as he is currently the top assist man in the Europa League with 2 assists to his name (8 other players also made 2 assists in the first 2 Europa matchdays).

Çalhanoğlu would most likely take the spot of Giacomo Bonaventura in the starting XI as the Italian midfielder could be rested for the match against Genoa on Sunday (15:00 CET kickoff), although Sky Italia claimed on Monday that he could also step into the place of Franck Kessié. The Ivorian midfielder was subbed out on half time against Inter as he was sacrificed by Montella for a change of the system and another exclusion may suggest that Montella is unhappy with Kessié’s form.

Manuel Locatelli during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)
Manuel Locatelli during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Manuel Locatelli meanwhile is widely expected to take the regista role and play instead of Lucas Biglia. The Argentine played 180 minutes on international duty and then another 90 minutes against Inter (making a huge mistake that led to Mauro Icardi’s second goal) so he could be rested.

According to Milannews.it, it is possible that Ricardo Rodriguez will get a rest in the Europa League again (he didn’t play against Austria Wien and Rijeka either), with Fabio Borini taking the role on the left side of the five-man midfield. This would allow one of Davide Calabria and Ignazio Abate to play.

There is no word yet on whether Montella is planning a rotation in the back but what’s clear is that the three-man defense is here to stay and the Rossoneri aren’t expected to use 4-3-3 anytime soon.

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  1. I don’t like the 3 man defense much but no problem let’s go with this.

    ANTONIO DUNNA;
    GOMEZ-PALETTA-MUSA
    CALABRIA-CALHA-LOCA-MONTO-BORINI
    SILVA-CUTRO

    Please don’t complain about Monto. You don’t expect him to be here all season without playing. Besides, he got 3 goals already and the best performer vs Cagliari. Nonetheless would’ve been slaughtered had he been the one who lost possession for the other Inter goal. Let him play. I am for Monto!!

      • That’s a point. Bonucci I think is the one who most needed rest, not necessarily because he’s doing bad, he’s our best defender no jokes, just currently not the best performer. He simply need rest. So maybe Paletta should take his place flanked by Musa and Roma. Although I’d love to see Gomez in this game more than other defenders.

  2. I think that Cutro and Silva actually looked together against Inter, unlike other games it looked like they were looking for each other, with flick-ons etc, but still lacking understanding which is understandable. They are definitely our future and they should be played together more and more. Hope Hakan will perform well and it’s only fair for Loca to start, like I said before, he has been seriously underplayed this season and there is no reason for Biglia to start if he isnt performing, like he isnt at the moment.

  3. Well off topic it’s in news that kaka is making a sensational return as player before taking up executive position……well that will be a big surprised…..source football-Italia.net

    • Football Italia is not a source. It’s an aggregator and they made an article based on a freaking Instagram comment. They’re usually good for translations but they report every silly little thing; an Instagram comment ffs

  4. 3 man defence needs to go! We did better under a 4-3-3 than this 3-5-2 rubbish. If we are going to play three at the back then let’s play 3-4-1-2 with Suso as a trequartista.

  5. Montella will never learn. 3-5-2 is not working how many more losses does milan need before he gets that Suso and Bonaventura cannot play in that formation. This coach is a rookie. He’s killing this team.

  6. 352 again my foot. In the last part of the derby Montella fielded biglia, loca, bona, suso in a 4132 or possibly 442 with suso n Bona on the wings. Tell me guys that that we were awful and I will tell you that there was enough energy on the pitch. It’s not as if suso has bought a land on the sidelines but he drifts and supports the midfield a lot. We can’t continue to play with 5 defenders and expect to be in top 4.even the minnow teams don’t field such formation. As for me I am adent supporter of 4231 or 4141 to unleash the Milan DNA

  7. Pls let me make a suggestion! Montela should try this formation. 433
    Donna.
    Borini. Paleta romagnoli. Rodriguez

    Locateli. Biglia. Calhanoglu

    Suso. Silva. Bonuventura

  8. It is so simple: 4 2 3 1
    Donaruma
    calabria musacio bonuci rodrigez
    kesi biglia
    suso hakan bonaventura
    silva
    All players on thea’s natural posiciones!!!!

  9. Quit suggesting formations if you can’t read the game. I am not talking about anyone in particular but many suggestions are just ridiculous.
    Off topic but there are reports that there has been a quarrel in training today, a bunch of old players led by Jack have confronted Montella about formation change and dismissal of Marra. Well, this sounds familiar.

      • Last year Montella said that he didn’t get the players he wanted, this year he is saying that it takes time to adjust with new players. Is this excuse game ever going to change? If we lose the top 4, we are guaranteed to lose Gigio next season

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