Giacomo Bonaventura, Andrea Poli and Riccardo Montolivo will start in midfield according to Sky Italia with Kevin-Prince Boateng playing behind Mario Balotelli and Carlos Bacca.
Milan won in Cristian Brocchi’s managerial debut on Sunday against Sampdoria but the new boss is going to change things up in his first San Siro match on Thursday against the 17th-placed Carpi.
Juraj Kucka is suspended for the match and according to Gianlucadimarzio.com, he will be replaced by Andrea Poli (Jose Mauri was also tried in training today).
But it seems that Andrea Bertolacci could also sit this one out and for different reasons: the €20m Roma signing has been a huge disappointment this season and could pay the price for his uninspiring performances on Thursday.
Di Marzio’s sits suggests that Bertolacci will start the match from the bench and Giacomo Bonaventura will play instead of him in midfield. This could push Kevin-Prince Boateng to the trequartista role which is the role in which he made a name for himself in 2010-2011 at Milan.
Brocchi did say that he wants a certain player as a 3/4tista, not necessarily an entirely creative player, which could also explain why Keisuke Honda is so far being excluded from the conversation. But of course all those things can change until the match kicks off at San Siro at 20:45 CET.
Mario Balotelli and Carlos Bacca will keep playing together up front with Gianluigi Donnarumma, Ignazio Abate, Alex da Costa, Alessio Romagnoli and Luca Antonelli in defense.