Valencia-Milan: Official line-ups

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TEAMS NEWS: Milan are without Gabriel, Didac Vila, Mattia De Sciglio, Nigel De Jong, Riccardo Saponara, Mario Balotelli and M’Baye Niang. Riccardo Montolivo is also out as he’s a long term injury while Adil Rami chose not to travel with the squad in order to avoid confrontations with the Valencia fans. Kickoff is at 21:00 CET at the Estadi de Mestalla in Spain.

Finished: Valencia 2-1 Milan

Valencia CF (4-4-2) – Nuno Espírito Santo
Diego Alves; Rúben Vezo, Antonio Barragán, Nicolás Otamendi, José Gayá; Pablo Piatti, Javi Fuego, Dani Parejo, André Gomes; Rodrigo, Paco Alcácer.
Bench: Yoel, Domenech, Mustafi, Orban, Feghouli, Joao Pereira, De Paul, Guardado, Araujo, Roberto, Gil.

AC Milan (4-3-3) – Filippo Inzaghi
Diego Lopez; Ignazio Abate, Daniele Bonera, Cristian Zapata, Michelangelo Albertazzi; Andrea Poli, Bryan Cristante, Sulley Muntari; Keisuke Honda, Giampaolo Pazzini, Stephan El Shaarawy.
Bench: Abbiati, Agazzi, Alex, Zaccardo, Armero, Mexes, Essien, Mastalli, Modic, Pinato, Mastour, Menez.

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (SPA).

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ChrisMilan
5 years ago

My midfield would be: Cristante as regista, with de Jong in an old Rhino-Mediano role and Honda given an old Seedorf role in part of the midfield.

N3G
N3G
5 years ago

My opinion on the players in this match: Lopez: Was not at fault for the first goal, and also not really for the second, it was perfectly placed. He made one nervous mistake and was otherwise not really tested. Abate: Rather poor, attackers get past him way too easily, and he doesn`t offer much going forward, although this is also because he has no support on the right side. Albertazzi: Utter sh*t, why is this guy in Milan, clueless lacks any skill and speed, already 23 as well, must go. Solely at fault for second goal. Bonerror: So many wrong… Read more »

N3G
N3G
5 years ago

Milan midfield should be
like this:

——-De Jong———Christante———

—————Honda 10——————-

Muntari/Poli to back up for either De Jong or Christante, and Sapo or Mastour to get a few matches and subs for Honda.

Play Niang or Menez on right wing, or a new RW.

Biggs4mum
Biggs4mum
5 years ago

The squad is good but mastour and saponara; if they are of no use to the squad, loan them out and get two creative midfielders. There are creative players and wingers in eredise,portugese league, Argentine league and russian league at cheaper price.

Izac
Izac
5 years ago

Anyone saying muntari was good has no idea. To many turn overs, also had a shot which curved away without even making the distance.

Shackur
5 years ago

No win against a re-known club. Hhhmmm!!! Let’s see what happens when the league starts

Main man
5 years ago

Milan is incomplete,inzaghi is inexperience and the management is indifferent

diany
diany
5 years ago

inzaghi all milanistas are pleading with you to play honda in midfield just like wat N3G suggested. ..he will be more dangerous and effective in the left midfield position.
cristante as the deep lying midfielder. ..de jong should be given gattuso”s role and honda should be given seedorf’s role in midfield…we will have a creative and defensive midfield and a dangerous attack with el shaarawy/mastour balotelli cerci/menez.
am a die hard rossoneri speaking from my heart. Inzaghi please listen to your fans….forza milan

Alex44
Alex44
5 years ago
Reply to  diany

Why are you always talking about the gattuso-seedorf-pirlo midfield? It worked with these three player very good, but it´s just silly to try to copy it with new players

Vosic
Vosic
5 years ago

I guess itll be same again. There were signs of imrpovement we are getting better we trust in our team, great champions, most succesful team in the world… and maybe we get some garbage RW at the end of transfer window so he cant train with team and they have excuse for another month and hell be mediocre anyway…

Pasha
Pasha
5 years ago

I’m getting somewhat worried about our upcoming season, the entire preseason the team looks dysfunctional. Is it me or did they appear to be all over the place and there wasn’t any link up play going forward. Our goal came from a free kick so there’s a lot of work to be done.

Also I hope inzaghi stops constantly rotating players and just sticks to the best ones to let them get familiar with playing with each other

bkey
bkey
5 years ago

@jibola pls giv me ur whatapp numba i want to knw hw to stream milan match @nigeria

SAN Siro
SAN Siro
5 years ago

Honestly, i am seeing allegri tactics all over again : 1- passing the ball between defenders for 2 minutes until the opponent steals the ball and ccounter attack. 2- we lack movement on the midfield which forces passing the ball between defenders and going back to no. 1 Seriously, hate him as much as you want but at least seedorf created a moving and coordinated team. The players were running to get the ball. You could see the real milan motivation that will do anything to win. And Now, i see passive players not doing half the effort they’re supposed… Read more »

Milan fan
Milan fan
5 years ago

Trash team

Greg
Greg
5 years ago

I don’t think I’ve seen Milan pass and move faster than a European team in 8 years.

Giuda Interista
Giuda Interista
5 years ago

when i was watching this match my only question through out the game was where is our midfield and some of you think muntari was great well he didnt do to many mistakes but he is very slow and has zero creativity, only cristante was good in the midfield poli did nothing

Lumen.
5 years ago

I will keep saying it,Poli and Pazzini are sh**s.
NDJ-Cristante-Honda midfield trio is supported.

dejan10
dejan10
5 years ago

What are you guys all worrying about? The defence is fine. Bonera? He’s a champion. He knows what he’s doing. Albertazzi? He’s only 23. He’s our future. Abate? He can’t defend, can’t cross and plays like a headless chicken, but he will stay with us. The midfield’s fine. We’re creative enough with Poli and Muntari. I’m not worried about our strikers either. Balotelli will stay, even though he’s a liability and only scores against weak teams. Pandev? He’s someone we’re looking at, but for him to arrive someone has to leave first. Don’t forget we have Matri returning from loan… Read more »