Montella planning line-up changes against Torino on Thursday, Kucka and Abate return to group training

Juraj Kucka during training at Milanello (
Juraj Kucka during training at Milanello (

Vincenzo Montella is expected to give rest to Alessio Romagnoli (suffers from flu symptoms) while Manuel Locatelli and Carlos Bacca could also be benched.

Milan face Mihajlovic’s Torino in the Coppa Italia on Thursday at Stadio San Siro (21:00 CET kickoff) and then again on Monday in Serie A (20:45 CET) away.

Coach Vincenzo Montella received some good and some bad news in training today ahead of the double encounter:

The good news is that Juraj Kucka, who missed the last game due to a knock to his knee, and Ignazio Abate, who was subbed out against Cagliari after less than 30 minutes following a bad interaction with Bruno Alves, both trained normally on Tuesday with the squad and should be ready to play.

The bad news is that Alessio Romagnoli didn’t take part in training as the Italian center back has been hit by a flu. Gustavo Gomez will replace Romagnoli against Torino and will play alongside Gabriel Paletta at the heart of the defense. In addition to this change, which was planned by Montella even before he found out of Alessio’s influenza, the boss is reportedly thinking of more XI changes.

According to, it’s possible that Manuel Locatelli will be given some rest with Andrea Bertolacci given the regista role. The same source expects Mario Pasalic to start from the bench with one of Jose Sosa and Andrea Poli starting in midfield, along with one of Kucka and Bonaventura.

In attack, Keisuke Honda could replace M’Baye Niang with Suso on the other flank. Montella will also have to decide between Carlos Bacca, who finally returned to scoring, and Gianluca Lapadula.

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Maybe consider a 4-3-1-2 with Lapadula and Bacca up top and Suso as CAM?


Bonna as cam instead of suso.


Bona toooooo selfish!


nice, but i fear he’s gonna be rested, if rested, i would like Niang to play up there while Honda plays as CM if match fit, really waiting to see a real impact from Sosa yet.


No no, please don’t play with the coppa… i don’t know how match fit Honda is, please don’t rest Bonaventura now, play him in Niang’s position, make sure Kucka plays alongside Berto, and maybe Sosa, Honda might be useful from the bench. Would be nice for Lapa to start. My only fear is the level of creativity in the midfield, still wondering update on Mati’s injury, hope Sosa can step up to the occasion. Donna Back four solid Kucka – Berto – Sosa Suso – Lapa – Bona or should Honda be tried in Sosa’s position? at least it adds… Read more »


I’ll only prefer 442, Suso-Locatelli-Pasalic-Bonaventura, and then Lapadula and Bacca upfront


watsup with Kucka? moreover, as montela says, he doesnt like to change formation, meanwhile with this squad and modern day football, i feel 4-2-3-1 is the best formation we can field, and with this in mind wouldnt mind one of Jesse/Deolofeu in our ranks, as playing Suso in an AM position would be the killer. NB, not our lineup for this match, but just how we should look ideally in this formation: Donna Abate/Desciglio – Palatta – Roma – Antonelli/Desciglio Kucka – Locatelli Deolefeu/Niang – Suso – Niang/Bonaventura Bacca Some would say Niang doesnt play on the right, but he… Read more »


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Guess we gonna see something like this


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Calabria is my prefered option for tomorrow, but I think probably we are going to see this line-up without him


I too would pick Calabria, but only after i’ve given him some matches from the bench to regain his match fitness. He have been out along time


Let Abate rest, play Calabria if he is ready!


I thought this sentence was bad ” The same source expects Mario Pasalic to start from the bench with one of Jose Sosa and Andrea Poli starting in midfield”… but then I read this one “In attack, Keisuke Honda could replace M’Baye Niang”…

Should be a fun game…


Let bertolacci play. I know there is potential left in him still


4-4-2 formation will be better for this 1

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Would like to see Donnarumma givin a break a little the season is still far to go,Plizzari should learn as much if he is givin a chance as well as patrick Cutrone.Think Montella must Recall Mastour.


Did you at least watched him at Zwolle? he is having a hard time there

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I also think we should recall Mastour and we where better of Abate and Kucka, so let Calabria play instead of poorly playing Abate! And same goes for Kucka, cause Pasalic is by far the better player!


Just let wish that coach will be read all your formation about….


Its not about influencing the coachs decision, people on bloggs usualy writes their opinion to create a discussion between the mambers of the blogg. Like you do on forums.