Riccardo Montolivo will not be dropped to the bench already on Friday but Jose Sosa could take his place in the future, according to the media in Italy today.
Montella allegedly told the squad in training after a second Serie A defeat in a row that ‘names will no longer play’ and it was already reported that Ignazio Abate could pay the price for his performances and be replaced by Davide Calabria when Milan face Sampdoria on Friday night.
While many Milan fans were hoping to also see Montolivo on the bench, today’s La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that as of today, Riccardo is still expected to start at the Luigi Ferraris but his status as a regular starter could soon change (perhaps after Juraj Kucka returns from suspension – he will miss the Sampdoria match as well).
The daily sports pink newspaper highlights the fact that against Udinese Montolivo was the Milan player with the most recovered balls (8) and interceptions (3) but also suggests that the 31-year-old – who just signed a three-year renewal a few months ago – is no longer considered ‘untouchable’.
Jose Sosa will most likely play on Montolivo’s right against Samp with Giacomo Bonaventura on the left of the Milan captain. Coach Montella, it’s said, will closely examine the performance of the Italian international, who is one of the most vilified players on the Rossoneri squad. Sosa – impressive against Udinese – is considered the most viable alternative to Montolivo in the role of the regista.
After the match with Samp on Friday, the Diavolo have a midweek fixture as they welcome Lazio at the San Siro Stadium on Tuesday. Whether Montolivo will start then or not remains to be seen.