Vincenzo Montella has been working on a change of formation and is expected to test it tomorrow night in the crucial match against Atalanta – Riccardo Montolivo will play from the start.
Milan have not won a game since beating Palermo 4-0 on the 9th of April, and tomorrow (Saturday at 20:45 CET) they have a very important match against Atalanta, which is critical for the Rossoneri’s hopes to finish in a EL spot.
The side of Montella has not looked good recently and according to Sky Italia, La Gazzetta dello Sport and others, the coach is planning a change in formation for the match with Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta, who are sitting one spot ahead of Milan, with 65 points earned in 35 matches.
After starting with a 4-3-3 since the first day of the season, Montella is expected to use 3-5-2. Alessio Romagnoli is still a big doubt for tomorrow, but if he’s fit then he would play alongside Cristian Zapata and Gustavo Gomez (Gabriel Paletta is suspended). If Romagnoli doesn’t make it, then La Gazzetta expects fullback Mattia De Sciglio to take one of the center back roles.
In midfield, Montella is planning a surprise and is ready to give Riccardo Montolivo a starting role. The captain was out of action from October to April and has yet to make an appearance since recovering from his left knee injury. Jose Sosa was disappointing in the last games and so Vincenzo is going to entrust Montolivo with the keys to the midfield. Suso, Mario Pasalic, Juraj Kucka and Leonel Vangioni will join Monto in the middle of the pitch, with the Argentine and the Slovak as wingbacks.
In attack, Montella has to choose between Carlos Bacca and Gianluca Lapadula. In the last three games Lapadula was chosen ahead of the Colombian and is currently still the favourite to play in Bergamo tomorrow night. Alongside them, in a second striker position, Gerard Deulofeu is set to play.
Probable XI (GdS): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Gustavo Gomez, Cristian Zapata, Mattia De Sciglio; Juraj Kucka, Suso, Riccardo Montolivo, Mario Pasalic, Leonel Vangioni; Gianluca Lapadula, Gerard Deulofeu.