Locatelli could be started in midfield over Montolivo against Craiova, André Silva to be given the nod on Thursday?

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André Silva during Craiova-Milan at Stadionul Municipal (Drobeta-Turnu Severin) on the 27th of July, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
André Silva during Craiova-Milan at Stadionul Municipal (Drobeta-Turnu Severin) on the 27th of July, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

The ex-Porto man could get his first start at San Siro in 3 days, while there are also reports that Montolivo will be benched with Locatelli taking over.

Milan beat Craiova 1-0 last Thursday but they did not impress in Romania, and coach Vincenzo Montella seems to be thinking about making changes ahead of the return leg at San Siro this week (August 3rd, 20:45 CET kickoff).

According to Sky Italia, it is possible that André Silva will play from the start. 19-year-old Patrick Cutrone was picked last week following his very impressive performances in pre-season but the €40m man from Porto could get his first starting XI appearance.

The 21-year-old started training late with the squad, but Montella seems to believe that he is now fit enough to play. In addition to Andre, Manuel Locatelli could also be given the start. Sky’s Peppe Di Stefano said on Monday that Montella likes Locatelli very much and after taking his name off the transfer market list, he is now ready to give him minutes over current captain Riccardo Montolivo.

Sky also reports that Suso could make his return and start alongside Silva and one of Fabio Borini and M’Baye Niang. There should be no surprises in midfield with Franck Kessié and Jack Bonaventura playing, while in defense there is a doubt between Andrea Conti and Ignazio Abate.

Bonucci and Biglia are still not eligible to play, so Montella will be without them on Thursday. Montella has a few more days to decide on his XI as Milan want to impress on their San Siro return.

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Naz
Naz
3 years ago

This is Locatelli’s chance, let’s hope he grabs it with both hands and keeps Montolivo on the bench

RKaY
RKaY
3 years ago
Reply to  Naz

Absolutely. This is his big chance to show he should be playing as an alternative to biglia instead of monty. There’s a more positive atmosphere this season and it’s a very important game to kickoff the season right. He has to put in a good shift while something is on the line.

I’m actually curious to see how the whole team reacts in general after a mediocre performance with a roaring San siro crowd behind them. The players need to prove that they turned a new leaf from the team of last season and put at least 3 past craiova.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Naz

He already got a few chances last season, and Montella decided he preferred a makeshift regista such as Sosa over him. Both Monty and Loca will spend most of next season on the bench, but Monty is currently more reliable than Loca. Emphasis on “currently”.

Manga la figa
Manga la figa
3 years ago
Reply to  Naz

Yes, totally agreed. I hope monto never gets off the bench.
He’s been soul searching and is said to be unhappy about his status at the club.
inhope he leaves and goes back to fiorentina.

Jomokau
Jomokau
3 years ago

I remember last season before Locatelli’s exploits against Sassuolo and Juve, Montella spoke highly of him. Saying that he “does great things in training”. So hopefully we can expect more goodies from Loca in the coming season.
I feel he will fit perfectly in a 3-5-2 system with 2 mobile midfielders next to him. To compensate for his lack of pace.

wabrass
wabrass
3 years ago

yes ur right this his chance grap it BOY.

Sir tee
Sir tee
3 years ago

——zapata–bonnuci–musachio——

——–locatelli—-kessi—-bona—ricardo———

——-borini—-silver—–suso——-

Vinnie
Vinnie
3 years ago
Reply to  Sir tee

3 4 3 and an ineligible player?
Better luck on your next line up, Sir tee.

Silver
Silver
3 years ago
Reply to  Vinnie

Come ooon have faith! I think I could easily lead the line

dodoz
dodoz
3 years ago
Reply to  Sir tee

What is this?

+milan
+milan
3 years ago

been itching for some news all day….better late than never tho….

Abdulrauf
3 years ago

Comment:Thank you Montell for starting Locatelli
this is a very good option

Robert
3 years ago

we need Beradi and Leon Grotzeka and any striker they bring in for our team to be a challenger next season.

Signor milan
Signor milan
3 years ago
Reply to  Robert

Loca should be a good start for us. Pls @Sir Tee Bonnuci is not elegible for this match. Forza milan.

Klum
Klum
3 years ago

“Montella likes Locatelli very much”. I like to say I told you so. But who wouldn’t like the boy. Locatelli is a genius, like I have always said. He is the better version of Busquets who I love so much being the must important player for Barca. But Loca must learn how to control the tempo of the game like the spaniard does. When Locatelli came to the scene, he cured me of my dream to see Busquets wear the red and black shirt someday. How good is locatelli? Milan let Cristante go for Loca. Donnarumma rise was a bit… Read more »

Jomokau
Jomokau
3 years ago
Reply to  Klum

@Klum. Your comparison with Busquets is spot on.

Klum
Klum
3 years ago
Reply to  Jomokau

Thanks mate! The kid needs trust and more play time. Hopefully he will do even more than Busquets.

Milanista121
Milanista121
3 years ago
Reply to  Klum

*boner intensifies* by reading this comment.
Exactly!

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Yeah mate, busquets is indeed great player. As for loca, well, lets just say he couldnt even beat pasalic and monto to starting lineup spot. The boy still has a lot to learn to reach world class, let alone busquets level

Ali
Ali
3 years ago
Reply to  Klum

“He is the better version of Busquets”.
“But Loca must learn how to control the tempo of the game like the spaniard does”.
Interesting!

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Ali

If by interesting u mean stupid then yes this is VERY interesting comment. Mind u, this is the same guy who claimed ballon d’or is popularity contest like high school and milan did well developing miccoli, borriello and matri

Clicoseli
Clicoseli
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Stop talking nonsense Milan10. just hush!

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Clicoseli

Nah, id rather play along with all these arkham asylum mainstays. Hey, i think conti is better version of cafu because he scores more goals/season and is taller and probably faster than cafu. U know im right

Milan1
Milan1
3 years ago
Reply to  Klum

How is loca the sub for pasalic AND monto better than busquets, a ucl/euro/wc serial winner?
Like i said, calabria, loca, cutrone, zanellato are all cute young players but theyre nowhere near world class level yet. Please dont let ur missplaced sense of sentimentality cloud ur judgement. Be rational and objective. I mean, if milan were in ucl final vs high flying madrid, would u play loca and calabria as starters? If yes then YOU clearly have “judgement impediment”

Jomokau
Jomokau
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan1

@Milan1. Klum’s assessment that Loca is “the better version of Busquets” makes a lot of sense. They both play intelligent one touch football, have good positional sense, are about the same height and are slow in their movements. Yet Loca has a ferocious shot with BOTH feet and has the passing range of Xabi Alonso. Mind you “better version” does not mean that Loca is a better player right NOW, all it means is that he has more potential. Also consider that Busquets only made his breakthrough for Barca at 20, while Loca is only 18 now. I think it’s… Read more »

Milanista121
Milanista121
3 years ago
Reply to  Jomokau

Milan10, read this comment.
As for why Montella preferred Pasalic… Who knows. Seedorf preferred Constant over Abate – since he played De Sciglio on the right and Constant on the left. Sometimes coaches make weird decisions. 🙂

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Jomokau

Ah so by that logic someone like giroud is “better version” of gerd mthrfckn mueller because he can do anything mueller does in the penalty box yet he can head the ball better and can shoot from distance? BS. Just because a st like giroud can score doesnt mean he possesses better shot accuracy, positioning, calmness and finishing touch than mueller. Likewise loca. Just because he understands concept of pass and move doesnt mean he can execute it better than busquets. Busquets didnt just make it into barca’s starting lineup, he anchored best club side of last 2 decades, benching… Read more »

Jomokau
Jomokau
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

@Milan10.
Busquets only benched Yaya because his one touch football is more suited to Barca’s style. Overall Yaya was a better player – untill his recent decline of course.
Busquets also has that small advantage over Yaya – he’s Spanish.
Paul Scholes was also a regular starter for Man U because he suited their style. Not necessarily because he was a World Class midfielder who could walk into any top team’s starting 11.
Back to Busquets, at 18 he was playing for Barca’s B team. So let’s wait for Loca to turn 20 before we pass judgement.

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Yaya toure was equal to busquets but no way he’s better than him. Had u watched barca – man city matches all these years u wouldve known. Yaya never once dominated busquets in mf battles. Also, scholes was a regular for mu because he’s suited mu’s style AND because he WAS world class. Gibson and cleverley were english too but they never made it into mu’s starting line up so ur point is moot. Yeah busquets only made it to one of best team ever, barca’s 1st team when he’s “already” 20. Do u actually think loca couldve done better… Read more »

Pratyoosh
Pratyoosh
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan1

I totally agree with you @Milan10. We all love it when a player rises up from our youth system. It should be appreciated yes, but some people here sound like as if these players have become gods just after turning 17 or 18. Wrong statement – Locatelli is better than Busquets and should be a first team player no matter what. Correct statement – Locatelli has a lot of potential to be a great player SOMEDAY. Till then, he should continue with this form and fight for his place in the starting 11. Everyone is cursing Montolivo these days. I… Read more »

Milanista121
Milanista121
3 years ago
Reply to  Pratyoosh

Pratyoosh, that is exactly what they were saying, that he has a better skill set so in the future he has the possibility of becoming better than Busquets. Saying that he is better NOW is stupid since Busquets is fantastic. He is very underrated. @Milan10, I can give that coaches make weird decisions crap because it was a weird decision to keep giving Pasalic playing time over Locatelli. There is a reason why Loca is still here and Pasalic isnt on a second loan spell. That logic is the same as Renato is a euro cup winner and Zaccardo is… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

I mean as stupid as montella was for benching loca in favor of pasalic, he wouldnt bench bonucci for zapata, meaning if ur good enough u’ll always play, meaning loca just wasnt good enough last season. Also, comparing renato to zaccardo is very bad way to make a point mate. Zaccardo was reserve player in wc ’06 while renato won and owned euro ’16, euro ’16 best young player award AND golden boy award. Big difference. I put emphasize on winning euro because winning significant tournament like that as portugal’s starting line up at such young age is really significant… Read more »

Jomokau
Jomokau
3 years ago
Reply to  Pratyoosh

@Milan10. Your admission that “Yaya was equal to Busquets” actually proves my point about Spanish bias. If they were “equal” why did Busquets get many more opportunities? And yes I do remember a Champs League match at Etihad a few years ago where Yaya dominated the Barca midfield. Which is not an easy thing to do for obvious reasons. You calling Scholes “World Class” depends on your standards. His direct rivals at the time were Steven Gerrard, Zidane, Patrick Viera, Seedorf (or Kaka), Lampard and Ballack. Could he have displaced even 2 of them from their Club positions? I doubt… Read more »

nttt
nttt
3 years ago
Reply to  Jomokau

Go look up some of what the worlds greatest have said about scholes and how he plays. He was, in every sense of the word, world class and a phenom of a mf

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Jomokau

U said it urself busquets style of play suits barca’s style better. Why ask why busquets plays more often? Ok, so ur saying scholes wasnt world class (laughable claim) because according to u world class players can always walk into any team’s starting line up and u think scholes couldnt do that despite ur claim that barca benched yaya toure because busquets style suited barca better. So, toure wasnt world class? Or are there only very few, not more than 4, world class players (for every positions) around in every generation because world class player by ur definition is a… Read more »

Jomokau
Jomokau
3 years ago
Reply to  Jomokau

@nttt.
I know exactly what the World’s greatest said about Scholes but those compliments don’t mean much.
People tend to be gracious to players like Scholes. Why? Because he was considered a “gentleman” of the game. It was reported at the time that he did not even have an agent. He would sign his Man U contract without even reading it.

Misund
Misund
3 years ago
Reply to  Jomokau

How in the world could someone say Paul Scholes not world class. Are you guys drunk or something? Most dominating english midfielder ever. Better then Steven and Frank. No doubt. Scholes at the same lvl as Andrea Pirlo And Xavi.

Misund
Misund
3 years ago
Reply to  Jomokau

League Goals
Scholes: 107
Pirlo: 50
Xavi: 52
League assists
Scholes: 138
Pirlo: 42
Xavi: 66
Major trophies
Scholes: 18
Pirlo: 8
Xavi: 15
Scholes:

“He’s almost untouchable in what he does. I never tire of watching him play. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get.
“One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career.” – Zinedine Zidane
Now sit down son.

good
good
3 years ago

Very good. Montella has started thinking. Locatelli over Monto anyday

Jomokau
Jomokau
3 years ago
Reply to  good

.
I see you have selective reading skills like Milan10.
Why don’t you also share the goals/assist stats for Gerrard and Lampard so we compare with Scholes?

azalkmar
azalkmar
3 years ago

Dear montella u are a good coach and you did well last season but you could have been a better coach but your stubbornness got the better of you. You used 433 throughout last season except for few matches where u employ 352. Your 433 is good when we are loosing and bad when we are winning as you always result in counter attacking which doesn’t work. Please be tactically creative this time around because fassobelli duo are not going to take shiit from you. Especially mirabelli, he is an ass kicker. Remember, to be foretold is to be forearm.… Read more »

Bang
Bang
3 years ago
Reply to  azalkmar

So you prefer using three back, and there are zapata-mussachio-gomez? This is not a good timing to using this formation without bonucci and romagnoli

Milan Boy
Milan Boy
3 years ago

This is a piece of good news. I think this is the time to sell montolivo as Locateli is not only better but has prospect of becoming one of the best in his position.Though I feel for him as club captain.I don’t understand why we should sell Sosa and buy Badelj, it seems to me a bad business sence.Sosa can play in any midfield role while Badelj is only a regista,why do we have to spend extra money to sign Badelj instead of letting Sosa see through his contract and by the time his it expires Badelj himself would have… Read more »

nick
nick
3 years ago

Thank God. Montolivo is just awful. I really wish we can still offload him before the transfer window closes.

Maybe Fiorentina will take him back from us.

Bally One
3 years ago

I am Glad to see loca at stating XI so pray to be man of the match forza loca forza milan

bidonesia
bidonesia
3 years ago

i want to see,

…………… Gigio
Abate – Musa – Gomez – RR
… Kessie – Loca – Jack
… Suso – Silva – Cano

Zapata is fine but Gomez need chance,
Conti need more time to blend,
Conti, Cutrone/Niang & Antonelli, as sub @60 – 70
Niang too selfish, many time he ignore other player in better position, the way he play kill Silva & Cutrone chance,

Sheva
Sheva
3 years ago
Reply to  bidonesia

Cahanoglu on left wing… We can see Honda all over if that happens… and why 4-3-3 mate? did you honestly think that Montella don’t know any other formation? shame on you… he did use to play with 3 defenders at Fiorentina in 1944 or something like that.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Sheva

Hakan is our designated starter for the LW position, whether we like it or not. He played that role quite a bit in the Bundesleague. I actually don’t see anyone better on our squad for that role; Jack might be, but Hakan at the very least has a better shot than him.

bidonesia
bidonesia
3 years ago
Reply to  Sheva

actually i prefer 3412 with players we’ve,
i put 433 cuz Montella & i dont want Niang & Borini to bench Cano & Suso,
Montella said @ interview he want develop formation with 433 as basic + some variation…

my ideal 1st team,

………… Gigio
… Musa – Bonu – Roma
Conti – Kesi – Biglia – RR
……… Can/Jck
…… Silva – Auba

Sheva
Sheva
3 years ago

As for Sanches, he will stay at Bayern according to Ancelotti… Not to sad about that, any cheaper alternative will do the job. We don’t want to surpress our talents like Loca and Zanellato.
Now this guy Sliva have to show something to justify even something from 42 mil that we splashed on him. Hopefully he will find his position in Milan, he was, after all, brought as a versatile striker (LW,RW,ST,SS) but so far he showed little more than nothing.

nick
nick
3 years ago
Reply to  Sheva

Lol. Andre Silva is already getting all this criticism and we are still in preseason? You can’t be serious man? I think we should at least wait until January before judging the players and the coach and even that would be unfair. We just signed 10 new players and more on the way who have never played together before. They need at least a full season to gel. I think Montella and the players will exceed expectations but as Milan fans they need our full support to do their best. We shouldn’t bash them especially so soon if they are… Read more »

Sheva
Sheva
3 years ago
Reply to  nick

I am serious when I say that if he doesn’t start to perform pressure on him will be greater which will increase chances of him becoming a flop. It happened to so many players before him. I know he has a lot of potential and as I said in my previous comment he could be great for us because he can play practicaly everywhere in attack. Nobody is bashing on anyone so chill

Ali
Ali
3 years ago
Reply to  Sheva

I don’t think he has played enough minutes to be judged yet. The circumstances around the Sanches deal are a bit ridiculous imo. the player wants to leave, the club is open to sell, and now this? I guess they are just trying to get more money.

tunchi
tunchi
3 years ago

very nice to start loca and Andre,I also wish suso will play too cos I have missed him,the game will be much better than the first leg Silva show them what you can do

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago

So many comments (here and elsewhere) on why 4-3-3 and not 3-5-2. Who are the two strikers in this 3-5-2 that many people here think will get us the scudetto? Curtone and Silva? And where does Suso fit into this?

Yes Montella is stubborn. He’s stubborn enough to realize that Bonucci alone is not a good enough reason to play with two young inexperienced players up front that have no backup.

Vince
Vince
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Poor judgement on your part. We have no natural wingers either for a 433. Even suso, god bless him, lacks pace for this formation. 3 4 2 1 with two attacking mids is the best formation for us right now. Canu and bona would compete for 1 while suso gets the other. End of story the 4 3 3 does n
ot suit our players whatsoever

Ali
Ali
3 years ago
Reply to  Vince

Spot on Vince.
Baresis dream, all those talks about 3-5-2 are based on the obvious fact the management are trying to sign a big name for the attack department.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Ali

No Ali, you along with a lot of others, were bashing Montella for this stupid Europa league qualifier; before we signed any other striker.

Mind you, even with Auba I don’t think we can play with two strikers.
1. I don’t think Silva is ready for a starting position yet (admitingly I haven’t seen enough of him yet, but given his age and experience I would say that’s an educated guess.
2. Who covers for them?

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

1) silva was regular starter for porto and has been a regular for portugal for a year now. Watch more football maybe?
2) niang, cutrone and even suso can cover for them. Even bacca hasnt left yet.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Vince

@Vince: In our 4-3-3 both Suso and Jack/Hakan drop to the middle at some point. Yes they are not quick but both Suso and Jack (for half a season) had a decent output. Call it 4-5-1 where one winger is more a midfielder and the other more a forward. The name doesn’t matter, but you get the point. In your magical 3-4-2-1 who covers the wings against opponents who plays with both wingers and attacking FB (e.g. Roma, Napoli, Juve, and basically all our direct rivals)? Do you want RicRod to mark Florenzi and Maharez by himself. So essentially they… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Milan didnt play well using 4-3-3 under miha. Milan also almost never play well using 4-3-3 under montella (case in point: real craiova utd 0-1 milan just last week). Wanna know why? Simply because milan dont have playmaking CMs, fast skillful wingers AND st who can act as post player AND lone st. So yeah, its a bad judgement because the results never lie

Ali
Ali
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

@Baresis Dream: Milan10 has said it all. And yes, I bashed Montella and I still will as long he uses 4-3-3 without proper wingers and MFs.

Milanista121
Milanista121
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Yeah it was when we changed to 4-4-2 that we looked more solid.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Again with these silly examples. Okay here’s mine: super-coppa against Juve. We beat the second best team in the world with 4-3-3.

But this is not the point. Last season, and the season beforehand we had DIFFERENT PLAYERS. I don’t know if you noticed, but we have about 8-9 new starters in our squad.

Your argument is simply silly. Ancelotti won everything for us with the diamond 4-4-2. Maybe we should then use that formation forever, regardless of whom we have on our squad.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Milan10, so you, who is sure we are scudetto contenders, want to take seria a by storm with Curtone, Niang, and Suso in the striker position? And you are telling me watch more football ? Do you even watch football, or just read about it. Have you watched Niang in the past two seasons? We already had the discussion about your fantasy about Suso in the striker position, let’s not repeat this. And like you, everybody else here also read that Silva scored a few goals in his premier season at Porto, and a few goals with Portugal (a team… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

U said if auba and silva are to be milan main st then who’s gonna be reserve, i replied niang, suso (who was ss at lpool) and cutrone. I never said those latter 3 should lead milan attack. Cant u read? I always say milan need auba and one more cm, although yeah i think even with this squad milan can win scudetto. Funny u mentioned supercoppa but fail to mentioned the whole complete story: juve 2 milan 2 on head to head, 6th on the final table with 2nd most goal conceded and least goal scored among top 6,… Read more »

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Looks like both of us have trouble reading … I’ll try to simply: 1. What’s anything about the previous season have to do with the next one, considering we have 8-9 new starters? 2. I’m sure you are aware teams have taken trophies using all sorts of formations. 3. A reasonable argument (which you consistently fail to make) would be 3-5-2 best fits OUR roster. If this is you’re argument, then why? I gave my reasons why not. 4. I have nothing against 3-5-2, nor am I in love with the 4-3-3. But until we get Auba it’s useless to… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

1) it has EVERYTHING to do with new season because the coach is exactly the same 2) yeah, but milan have been bad for 2 seasons straigh using 4-3-3. 3) 3-5-2 will work because a) montella’s best hours was with fiorentina using 3-5-2, b) bonucci can lead musa and roma in 3 man defense, c) conti played as wb at atalanta, a team that used 3-5-2 last season. Conti sucked at defence d) milan have always played better using 2 st, berlu knew it, miha knew it, even milan won vs bologna (a win that took milan to eu) using… Read more »

+milan
+milan
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

@milan10 , we ain’t the 2nd team with most goals conceded.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago

Locatelli is not ready to play the regista role on a consistent basis yet imo. I’m not sure he’ll ever be to be honest. He’s not very good at dictating pace, and gets dispossessed too easily (often in dangerous positions). All of these things can be improved upon, but you need quite a bit maturity and experience to handle this role; in particular, if you’re aiming to be a top seria a team.

On the other hand, what good is Europa league if not for giving our youngsters their minutes?

Ali
Ali
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

I’m just thinking that are you and Klum talking about the same player? The huge difference between the opinions amazes me.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Ali

Well let me just say that apparently Montella also doesn’t think Loca is better than Busquez, otherwise he wouldn’t have mediocre Soda play ahead of him.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

*Sosa*

Milanista121
Milanista121
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

He WAS sloppy and DID get dispossesed in the beginning but improved massively in this aspect further along the season. Hell, even Veratti got dispossesed early due to him playing on the edge, he still does. It’s just part of their game.
Mauri isn’t our Veratti, don’t let the height and body stature fool you, Locatelli is our Veratti.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Don’t get me wrong, these things can be improved upon and learned. And I’m sure Loca will improve and learn. But I’m just highly doubtful he’s ready for next season which is so crucial. Of course he should get his minutes here and there, but I wouldn’t give him much more.

You have to think about the player himself. If you say to everyone “Loca is now our Verratti” he will most likely crush under the expectations. Not everyone is Donna mind you. Best to ease him
in slowly, with few expectations at the beginning.

Milanista121
Milanista121
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

He has already been likened to the great Albertini, which is a higher claim than current Verratti to be honest, and I think he is doing well despite that to be honest. The first few games, I completely agree with you, but now with better team mates, he will thrive even more because he wont have as much pressure to be the one to provide the goods 🙂 when he played last season, he was the only creative spark our midfield with Monto injured, Berto had lost his creative spark in Genoa and Bona played as a winger. Playing with… Read more »

Jomokau
Jomokau
3 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

@Milanista121. What makes you think that Albertini is better than Verratti? If my football memory serves me well Albertini established himself in Milan at a time when Italian teams could only field 3 foreigners. Yet it’s no exaggeration to say that Verratti would walk straight into the starting 11s of ALL present Serie A teams despite the fact that the league is now open to foreign players. Barca want him to replace the great Xavi. Again (for people who like to read my comments out of context), I am not saying that Albertini was a bad player all I am… Read more »

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 years ago

I think we need to try 352. Cutrone and Silvia need a chance to play together to see what they can do. Might compliment each other very well. Also locatelli needs to play regardless of mistakes. He can’t learn from the bench. Conti needs to start also. With a 352 suso can play in mid also

dejan10
dejan10
3 years ago

About time we saw Locatelli. Hopefully he can put in a performance that puts to bed all these Badelj and Sanches rumors.

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  dejan10

If i have to read “loca > sanches” comment one more goddamn time im gonna scream

L96ai
L96ai
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

loca > sanches..

*grab popcorn*

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  L96ai
Mads
Mads
3 years ago

I want Conti to start NOW, that is how he will learn to gel with his new team. This is the defender of the year from last season, still in his early twenties. Abate needs to be done, all the way done, and now.that we have a much greater talent, the time has come.

Perfect10
Perfect10
3 years ago

zapata, paletta, niang, sosa, abate, still in the team??? I will say the same about borini and kalinic next summer.

How can you sign garbage when you are trying to get ridof your current garbage..please borini??? not even for free…kalinic??? Not even for getting 10 million for him

Vinnie
Vinnie
3 years ago
Reply to  Perfect10

There’s still a month to go, and then six month’s down the line a couple of players will be more agreeable to take pay cuts for match time.

I honestly think a striker is all that’s needed, and I would like to see a six month loan for costa, then Ibras return from new years. Then we can sign a top world class striker next summer when we have qualified for cl. Maybe buy an option for Auba and leave him in Germany for a year.

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Perfect10

Why perfect10 though? Ur as original as montella’s tactic and formation. Also, why no bonad10nho praise in ur post yet? im surprised.

Sergio
Sergio
3 years ago
Reply to  Perfect10

But why is there no monto on your list ?

Chris_k
Chris_k
3 years ago

Comment: Locateli needs time. Let not put too much pressure on him lest, d one we love would b d one we want out of d club. Reminds me of Poli. I red about Mendes Andre gomes rumor. I pray 4 dat reality.

L96ai
L96ai
3 years ago

Why is everyone so upset about Niang? I see a lot of improvements on him. Better left foot, not easily down, can now play in both flanks.

And you guys are reminding Milan’s management about Aubameyang.. hahah..

Go Loca!

Perfect10
Perfect10
3 years ago
Reply to  L96ai

The best from niang is tap-in goals. A player hits the post and niang happens to be there and tap it in. He is no better scorer than that. The best he can achive is 8 tap-in goals like that, and apparently thats enough for some fans to think hes a golden ball player

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago

Lippi/ance’s 4-3-1-2:
….donna the hand that feeds biter
Conti…musa…zapata…ric rod
Kessie…il overratedo loca…d10nho
……………hakan
…andre silva…niang/cutrone.

Enough of niang and semi pro borini playing on the wings already. Enough of fitness issues bs too. These 50k milanisti spent their hard earned money on tickets to watch and experience typical euro night feast at san siro, lets give them (and us) just that

Misund
Misund
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Great setup 🙂

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Misund

Thanks mate

lukman
lukman
3 years ago

watch out for niage.many of u we eat ur word.montella give the fans satisfaction for the money by playing wining entertaining match on Thursday.

Agni
Agni
3 years ago

4-3-1-2 please montella.

Suso behind Silva and cutrone.

Use Europa league to groom our youngsters like cutrone, loca, Calabria so they get the minutes.

Keep the big boys for serie a .
This way the squad can also be kept fresh and everyone gets playing time.

In any case hoping for a commanding performance at a fiery San siro. Welcome Europe in style.

Agni
Agni
3 years ago

Serie a – 4-3-1-2

Donnarumma

Conti bonucci. Mussachio. RR

Kiesse. Biglia. Bona

Hakan C

Silva. New striker

Use romagnioli as CB , and suso as trequartista as and when required.

Europa league-. 4-3-1-2

Strorari-

Calabria. Zapata. Romagnioli. Anto

Mauri-. Monto. Loca

Suso

Cutrone. Niang

Use remaining as subs or starters as per need due to injury and suspension.

Alexmilan
Alexmilan
3 years ago
Reply to  Agni

Why storari and not A. Donnarumma? And it’s about the early stages of the competition, in the important EL games we must use the best team ! The system depends a lot to the next signings ! If we bring auba and keita balde ( rumours ) Montella will surely play 4-3-3. If we bring just auba or costa or kalinic it’s possible to play 3-5-2. If Suso plays, Montella will use 4-3-3. Montella will try another system only if he will get bad results

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Alexmilan

Because antonio donnarumma cant even catch cold properly. The only blocking technique he masters is c**k blocking

Alexmilan
Alexmilan
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Storari cant even keep his pants on ! A. Donna better solution

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Alexmilan

And u know antonio is better than serie a proven and tested storari bcause u watched random greece league antonio played in on regular basis or r u just another donnaholic?

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Alexmilan

Ok, so u want antonio as last milan defence in el? How exactly do u know ex-greek team gk who couldnt even make it as a reserve gk in serie a wouldnt mess up big time at big stages?

Agni
Agni
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

It’s a question of who you think is a lesser risk?

It’s anybody’s guess between these two.

Alexmilan
Alexmilan
3 years ago
Reply to  Agni

Proven and tested, but soon 41 years old !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am romanian and the greek league and the romanian league, that are very similar, aren’t so bad as you imagine, my friend !!! A. Donnarumma is the lesser risk beetween the two of them without any words, but the real fact is we don’t have yet a proven second choice for the GK… I’ve seen against Dortmund how proven is the old grandfather Storari, let’s become serious !!!

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Agni

Storari was at fault for dortmund 1st goal but he picked himself up after that. Gk like zoff and buffon can and do play until their 40s. Storari IS milan and juve gk while Antonio plays for garbage team from greece. Big difference

Alexmilan
Alexmilan
3 years ago
Reply to  Agni

Yes, but Buffon is huge, Zoff a legend and Storari is something like Lobont from Roma :))) proven but good only for the goldies leagues . If u are a proven gk you MUST save that ball against Dortmund, it was just a pass from Sahin. I somehow understand the fault of Kahn in the World cup Final against Brasil in 2002, but I never understand the imposibility to save a pass to goalkeeper…

The Psamlist
The Psamlist
3 years ago

The fans are too impatient. We have the power to make or break our team. If we make things hard for the players or the coach, the media is going to pick up on it soon enough. When that happens you can be sure that our season will be doomed. We have spent alot, there are 10 new players in our squad, possibly more. Its also preseason. Therefore, we have players that are not eligible, not match fit, played in summer tournaments or just are just plain new. These factors most likely contribute to Montellas thinking in terms of selection… Read more »

Perfect10
Perfect10
3 years ago
Reply to  The Psamlist

Fans been sleeping along with curva sud for 10 years. The Psamlist: Fans are impatient. You are right.

Lets hope berlusconi buys back milan and hire galliani again, and then we kan hope and be optimsitic for another 10 years.

How about that? No mate, fans are not impatient, they are not donkeys. An apple will never be a banana, regardless of allah o akbar or hope or being optimistic. An apple is an apple.

Sergio
Sergio
3 years ago
Reply to  Perfect10

Straight up bruh ….this is why Real Madrid is one of tha best side in the world because there fans expect result n no less …do u think we genoa or something

Psalmist
Psalmist
3 years ago
Reply to  Sergio

If yall are prepared to drop the Sarcasm, we can debate. What I was getting at is that support will edify the team. At this point we have 2 wins out of 3.

Criticise Montella but fairly. Things could be better, no doubt.

Milanista121
Milanista121
3 years ago
Reply to  Perfect10

I wasn’t sure if you were old “Sheva” or not before, but now i see it.
You are pathetic for not holding your end of the deal you made with Philaldon. Du är patetisk och jag är säker på att du röstar på SD också.

Donremie
Donremie
3 years ago

It’s obvious dat some people on dis blog just type n send things to this blog without looking at d ongoing thread or d situation of d team. D scenario is bonucci n biglia ain’t registered for Europa yet, romag is out injured, so let no one suggest a lineup with dis 3…montella has said it loud n clear , he is sticking with 433 with slight variations to 4312 or 352 when necessary, let’s believe n encourage dem along dis line…and to d argument on silva, I believe he can lead d line n when needed can play from… Read more »

Agni
Agni
3 years ago

To be true , I have never seen Antonio donnarumma play in a competetive game.

So I had rather have a known entity in the goal than an absolute surprise.

Rest I leave it up to you to decide who among the two is better or worse?

The season is always very long and at some point every player will be asked to play their part. I just hope we don’t get jinxed by injuries and we can consistently play our best XI.

dejan10
dejan10
3 years ago

Ibra?! Could it be?

The Psamlist
The Psamlist
3 years ago

Lay off Andre Silva. The dude was being followed by every major club for years. Hes been hitting double figures for the last 3 seasons and has CL experience. We got him for a steal because of Portos situation. You can bet your house that in any other year, it wouldve been 60mil (the release clause) or nothing. Even if you watch his Youtube videos you will notice that his best asset is that he is a reactionary finisher. Which means he can finish without needing much time to think what to do. His movement is also great from the… Read more »

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  The Psamlist

Andre Silva has played two seasons of professional football (both with Porto) – in the first he scored 1 goal, in the second he scored 16. So no, he doesn’t have 3 years of banging nets in his belt. And I am also not familiar who are these major clubs that were hunting him. He’s name never really appeared in transfer market news, until we snatched him.

I have nothing against the kid, and I hope he does well, but let’s get our facts straight.

Psalmist
Psalmist
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

I just looked at his stats now and got that all wrong. Youre right, That’s my bad. So from my post then, the one thing that I am sure of though, is that he has been linked with everyone was linked with him from January last year onwards. The only reason I knew of him at all, before the transfer, was because of the rumours. In the last year and a half he has come on leaps and bounds. So it’s not as if he is a player we picked from obscurity either. What I was getting at is that… Read more »

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Psalmist

Fair enough. I also think he’s a great prospect, and I didn’t mean that he was obscure.

But maybe we both agree he’s no proven champion, and needs a few more seasons to develop? If so, I think that it’s problematic that we’re putting all goal-scoring responsibilities on him in a make-or-break season.

Psalmist
Psalmist
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Fair enough. We can agree on that. What I don’t agree with though, although n9t related to your comment, is the criticism of Silva based on a few games in preseason. Regarding the Porto negotiations, they were desperate because of FFP. IMO based on the news I’ve read regarding Porto over the last year or so, Thier most valuable assets were Danilo, Ruben Neves and Andre Silva. Each one has crazy release clauses, But Silva went for 20m less and Neves was signed by Watford or Hull City (can’t remember) for 20m less than his release clause too. So Porto… Read more »

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Psalmist

Another thing we should ask ourselves is if he was so sought after, why did Porto sell 20 mil below his release clause with practically no negotiations?

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Because porto are having problem with fpp regulation. Please do ur own research on porto before talking. Think of it as good useful habit.
Funny u claim “u love donna like a son” and “donna is already better than buffon” but then underestimate andre silva, a young goalscoring machine for both porto and portugal nt team (senior one not petty u21)

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  The Psamlist

@milan10: So you call Silva a goal scoring machine based on ONE season where he scored 16 goals playing for a top team in a mediocre league? That’s roughly the same amount Bacca scored last season playing for a mediocre team in a top league.

Portugal national team? More than half of his goals were scored against Andorra and Faroe Islands ffs! And who did he exactly replace there? The great Eusebio ?

How is that for “research” for you old wise one, or do you prefer your method of copy-pasting someone else’s comment ?

Milan10
Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

When did i ever copy paste someone else comments? Thats a bold accusation u made there.
Porto play in ucl year in year out and they wouldve beaten milan last season had 2 clubs met each other. Yes silva scored vs any teams in wc qf. He cant exactly pick his own opponents can he? As player he can only score vs opponents he faces. Besides, how are craiova, spal and bologna that much better than teams he faces in wc qf?

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Try to stay focused: You claimed he’s an experienced proven goal score machine, I claim he isn’t. I gave proof for this, and your response is that it’s not his fault and that Porto is better than Milan last season. 1. I didn’t say it’s his fault for not being “proven” yet, I just said he isn’t. 2. Atlanta and Lazio we’re better than Milan last year, so what. The point it’s easier to score if you play for a team that dominates its league (simple statistics). So 16 goals in Porto equates to roughly 10 goals in last year’s… Read more »

Milan10
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

1) I said its not his fault portugal face weak opponents as its just usual wc qf. U wont face the likes of france, england, germany all in one group. I didnt say its not his fault he’s not experienced. On second thought, it really ISNT his fault that he’s inexperienced (according to u) considering his age. 2) 16 goals at porto equals 10 goals at milan? Where do u come up with all these bs? Also, what makes u think a player wont get better with age? If he stayed at porto, maybe he could score 20+ goals next… Read more »

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 years ago
Reply to  The Psamlist

@Psalmist: No one is criticizing the boy; I actually thought he brought quality in against the Romanians. But it will take me sometime to be convinced he’s world class, and probably quite some time for him to get there. Not everything is black or white.

Psalmist
Psalmist
3 years ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

That’s where we can agree completely. Giving the guy time to show what he can do.

Nice debating with you. I appreciate respectful and fair debate.

Ola
Ola
3 years ago

What is cavani,it’s better we make mauri our striker than signing cavani what nonsense. Go and get us auba or Costa and fabrigas.leave d rest to the coach…dnt touch suso

Gero3
Gero3
3 years ago

Montolivo should be sold before the Mercato ends.
It’s not Pirlo replacement, that was established long time ago.