14 Milan players set for international duty: André Silva and R. Rodriguez to face each other, Zapata against G. Gomez

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Ricardo Rodriguez during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between Romania and Switzerland at Parc des Princes on June 15, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Ricardo Rodriguez during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between Romania and Switzerland at Parc des Princes on June 15, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

14 players from Montella’s squad will be in action with their respective national teams in this upcoming break.

With pressure on the shoulders of coach Vincenzo Montella after two straight Serie A defeats, it is now time for the second international break of the season.

14 Milan players will be in action for 8 different countries: the Rossoneri have two presentative in the Italy senior team, three in the U21 side, one in the U20 side and one in the U19 for this round.

There are two encounters in particular that are interesting for the Milan fans as on October 10th at 20:45 CET, Portugal and André Silva host Ricardo Rodriguez’s Switzerland. RR’s side have won each of their 8 previous 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and are at the top of Group B, with Portugal just behind them with 21 points, most likely heading to the World Cup playoffs along with Italy.

Another Rossoneri-flavored match is on October 6th at 01:30 CET as Colombia and Cristian Zapata play Gustavo Gomez’s Paraguay in Barranquilla. Franck Kessié will be able to get some rest in this break as Ivory Coast play just qualifier, so he will have some time to breathe before the derby.

Kalinić was originally called-up by Croatia but due to an injury he will stay at Milanello to recover. The full list of called-up players and their matches with dates and times is below:

National TeamPlayer/s called-upMatches
ItalyGianluigi Donnarumma
Leonardo Bonucci
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Italy-FYR Macedonia
(Turin, October 6th 2017, 20:45 CET)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Albania-Italy
(Shkoder, October 9th 2017, 20:45 CET)
PortugalAndré Silva2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Andorra-Portugal
(Andorra La Vella, October 7th 2017, 20:45 CET)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Portugal-Switzerland
(Lisbon, October 10th 2017, 21:45 CET)
SwitzerlandRicardo Rodriguez2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Switzerland-Hungary
(Basel, October 7th 2017, 20:45 CET)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Portugal-Switzerland
(Lisbon, October 10th 2017, 21:45 CET)
TurkeyHakan Çalhanoğlu2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Turkey-Iceland
(Eskisehir, October 6th 2017, 20:45 CET)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Finland-Turkey
(Turku, October 9th 2017, 20:45 CET)
ArgentinaLucas Biglia2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Argentina-Peru
(Buenos Aires, October 6th 2017, 01:30 CET)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Ecuador-Argentina
(Quito, October 11th 2017, 01:30 CET)
ColombiaCristian Zapata2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Colombia-Paraguay
(Barranquilla, October 6th 2017, 01:30 CET)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Peru-Colombia
(Lima, October 11th 2017, 01:30 CET)
ParaguayGustavo Gomez2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Colombia-Paraguay
(Barranquilla, October 6th 2017, 01:30 CET)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Paraguay-Venezuela
(Asuncion, October 11th 2017, 02:30 CET)
Ivory CoastFranck Kessié2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Mali-Ivory Coast
(Bamako, October 6th 2017, 21:00 CET)
Italy U21Davide Calabria
Manuel Locatelli
Patrick Cutrone
Friendly: Hungary U21-Italy U21
(Budapest, October 5th 2017, 20:00 CET)

Friendly: Italy U21-Morocco U21
(Ferrara, October 10th 2017, 18:30 CET)
Italy U20Niccolò Zanellato8 Nations Tournament: Italy U20-England U20
(Gorgonzola, October 5th 2017, 18:00 CET)
Italy U19Matteo Gabbia2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification: Italy U19-Moldova U19
(Huskvarna, October 4th 2017, 17:00 CET)

2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification: Italy U19-Estonia U19
(Jönköping, October 7th 2017, 13:00 CET)

2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification: Sweden U19-Italy U19
(Jönköping, October 10th 2017, 18:00 CET)
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oluwa shevy
2 years ago

am not impressed with any of dem Wots so important about d break

Manga la figa
Manga la figa
2 years ago
Reply to  oluwa shevy

I hope no one gets injured.
In other news Montella’s having a lot of meeting over at HQ. He’s being questioned about his tactics most likely. I like it, he needs to work harder and be more innovative
And also a new trainer is on order. Heard the old one had the boys on a vegan diet. Lol

Coach Seedorf
Coach Seedorf
2 years ago

Off Topic- I think 4231 is the best way to go if we are going to get the best out of our players. Suso has been our constant threat/ most creative force since last season and started this season very brightly also, why bench him all of a sudden cos he can’t adapt to a new formation that we are forcing ourselves to play simply because of Bonucci who is gradually becoming a Bonera( probably due to the weight of the armband). 352 is clearly not working and we can’t get the best out of our best players. Suso and… Read more »

nick
nick
2 years ago
Reply to  Coach Seedorf

Milan should use a 3-4-3 or 3-4-2-1 or a 4-1-4-1.

With a 4-1-4-1 drop Biglia and use Kessie as a holding midfielder in front of our very poor defense kinda like what Allegri did with van Bommel.

Then we can have Suso and Bonaventura on the wings with Calhanoglu and Locatelli playing thru the center with Kallinic or Silva upfront.

3-5-2 is useless. We need Suso and Bonaventura on the pitch all the time.

dejan10
dejan10
2 years ago

In other words who’s next to get injured?

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
2 years ago
Reply to  dejan10

Kalinic … 🙁

folumilano
folumilano
2 years ago

Why keep mauri if you won’t use him, some game like Roma, inter, sampdoria, udinese needs 451, with both suso and Bonaventura on the pitch while juve and Lazio needs two man striker and locateli is a must in that midfield cos of his physical play and also he knows how to read the game well plus he never gets tired and we have to forget this biglia kessie partnership biglia is too weak to be as a dmf he is easily bullied pls biglia+loc or loca+kessie. Please Montella should start trusting what he used to have and gradually integrate… Read more »

ted
ted
2 years ago

I would like to see Silva on the wing, he showed some glimpses of a good technique, he can hold the ball well, shot and pass.

352 is not working as we expected, defence is even worse sadly, so maybe a return to 433 or try 4231 with Silva and Suso on the wings or behind a striker in 4321

agustinar
agustinar
2 years ago

Montella out. Sousa or Mazzari in

AC4M
AC4M
2 years ago

What Milan needs is a TOP manager and quality players! Milan keeps getting * managers instead of modern coaches like Sarri, Conte, Tuchel, Guardiola…. they keep looking super average managers like Mazzarri….Mihajlovic…. Inzaghi…. Montella… Mancini And keeps playing with mediocre players like Montolivo… Borini…Zapata..Paletta… Where are the quality players…. I only see youth prospects… nothing more… André Silva is not good enough for Milan…. Milan is a giant club…..why didn’t Milan go for Cavani for example? André Silva isn’t even better than the current Porto striker – Aboubakar. What about wingers? I don’t see any winger after Niang left (… Read more »

oluwa shevy
2 years ago

Ac4m ur head is da bro tel dem let dem know all dis bloggers dey r just typing without evaluation all d same best of luck

yourBoss
yourBoss
2 years ago

Firstly of I know that Frank Kessie is good enough for his age and I don’t doubt that he will be useful this season and for years to come. But honestly I think he’s only done well in the first 6 games or so and then gradually going down. Maybe its fatigue but he’s not looking good, especially in the last game. I am surprised that many people pointed Calhanoglu as the least performer. Some complained that he couldn’t get his shots through.. Evidently yes but you can’t really judge a shot that’s been blocked… perhaps one was heading to… Read more »

Manga la figa
Manga la figa
2 years ago
Reply to  yourBoss

He hasn’t gotten a break. I think he’s tired.

Gman
Gman
2 years ago
Reply to  Manga la figa

How can you be tired after so few games and playing no int cup in the summer. Being tired is no excuse at this point. + we have played week teams in EL another reason for being less tierd

Coach Seedorf
Coach Seedorf
2 years ago

@Ac4m Suso isn’t good and Madrid wants him already? Milan bought wisely, they are stars in the making.
As for the coaches we are life linked to, Paulo Sousa is okay, big no to Mazzarri. We should be aiming for Guardiola, Conte, Mourinho but they are hard to get currently. Sousa should do a decent job anyway

AC4M
AC4M
2 years ago
Reply to  Coach Seedorf

Coach Seedord:

Which Madrid? Atleti?

Paulo Sousa is without any doubt better than Montella…. as a player he was a huge regista one of the best… as a manager he is ok…. but Milan loves Fiorentina players and coaches… Pioli maybe?

Coach Seedorf
Coach Seedorf
2 years ago

Real Madrid. Saw it online that they are keeping tabs on him already in view to activate his €50mil release clause

AC4M
AC4M
2 years ago
Reply to  Coach Seedorf

ok but i keep having my view… Suso can’t play as a winger in a 4-3-3 formation neither in a 3-5-2.

I would like to see him in a 4-2-3-1 formation playing with him behind the striker with 2 proper wingers left and right.

and some Modric in that midfield next season! xD

makAveli
makAveli
2 years ago

I honestly doubt Madrid wants Suso. He is too one dimensional. Dribble, cut in and shoot. a very poor man’s Robben if u ask me.
But AC4M is absolutely right. Can anyone point out 1 coach in recent years (after Allegri) that left Milan and got a better offer? Anyone pls?
All the coaches have been mid table coaches.. honestly I will be happy with Sousa. A huge upgrade on Montella. For Carlo, it will not be the best time. Not other these players

makAveli
makAveli
2 years ago

It’s really not about the players but about the coaches. Does Napoli have a super star? NO. Hamsik aside, which of their deadly front is even guaranteed a starting 11 in their national teams.? Callejon isn’t called, Insigne has 3 goals for Italy and check out the teams Mertens played (Agovv, Utrecht, PSV,Gent, Aalst). Yet, Napoli can score as 4 in their sleep.

A good coach will tell Kessie to stop running like a headless chicken and bonucci to stop playing long balls.

rossonerisiamonoi
rossonerisiamonoi
2 years ago
Reply to  makAveli

Everyone knows youre right but have some patience with Montella , maybe he is a late bloomer ? We all tought it was Allegris fault for Milans downfall and then what happened ?

dapito
dapito
2 years ago
Reply to  makAveli

we need 2 DM… 2 goals from roma just like the other games before from right side… someone has become.biglia partner as DM…

homestly i like borini play than kessie or hakan…

bidonesia
bidonesia
2 years ago

so we’ve to play 3 def cos of Leo & wingers of Suso, there’s many mad cos of failed 352, most logic formation is 343, …………… Gigio … Musa – Leo – Roma Cala – Kessie – Biglia – RR … Suso – Silva – Jack but if Montella want to stick with 3412, i hope he try Suso & Jack as wingbacks (especially now as Conti, Antonelli is injured & Cala, Abate is fragile), who knows they can be just like Borini? @least give it try considering they’ve better ability than Borini, …………… Gigio … Musa – Leo –… Read more »

nick
nick
2 years ago
Reply to  bidonesia

Agree. 3-4-3 is the best option for Milan. We can have Suso, Bonaventura and or Calhanoglu on the pitch at the same time.

Silva and Kallinic can play upfront with Silva on the left side and Suso on the right.

Conte uses this formation with Chelsea and Juventus and won the league.

bidonesia
bidonesia
2 years ago
Reply to  nick

Silva as LW? is too risky to put our best striker out of position, who’ll score then?
Suso is strugling as SS/AM,
better to try him as RM/RWB so he still can drible & cut inside just like he usually do…

dapito
dapito
2 years ago
Reply to  bidonesia

even we use 3-4-3, 3-5-2, is getting worst if our players only want attack but forget to defense… the big problem if milan got attack, our opponets always met directky one on one with our defenders.. so the question is where’s our midfielder? where is our DM?? look at when milan before they have desailly, gattuso, ambrosini, de jong, van bommel…. now who??

bidonesia
bidonesia
2 years ago
Reply to  dapito

the problem with our 352 is too many defenders less midfielders & no wingers (no creativity @all),
also we didn’t use our deep-lying midfielder, more like Bonucci is our ball playing defender playmaker, while Biglia / Locatelli is less used, we’ve Kessie as good B2B anchorman but no proper backup,

just imagine if our last great team is play made by Nesta / Maldini then use Pirlo to help Gattuso defend, that’s exactly our current team doing…

Meer1
Meer1
2 years ago

It reported in football-Italia.net that Chinese government is asking for milan money to be brought back to china….guys I guess that will further complicate things for our long term future…..why is that milan is always in news in some negative way…..

Ooa1st
Ooa1st
2 years ago

I saw some games and i cant believe we spent over 200m euros. The defends pass the ball around themselves, involves Donna who is not good with is feet yet, when the opposition applies pressure either we make a wrong pass to our opponent or we knock the ball into touch. Then again long balls from Bonnuci is the main approach which is suppose to be used for counter attacking play. We cant create chances well in the middle, the wing backs don’t even make runs into the box and make crosses, neither do they exchange passes with the attackers.… Read more »