Montella reportedly plans a Bonucci-Romagnoli-Rodriguez in defense against Napoli, Bonaventura on the left wing?

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Alessio Romagnoli during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)
Alessio Romagnoli during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Vincenzo Montella will continue with the 3-4-2-1 formation and Nikola Kalinić up front vs Napoli, but Jack Bonaventura could be used as a left wingback.

Milan have not beaten Napoli at Stadio San Paolo since the Scudetto season (2010/11) but the boys of Vincenzo Montella will try to cause a major upset on Saturday and beat Maurizio Sarri’s Partenopei, who have not yet lost a match in Serie A this season (10 wins, 2 draws).

With all the internationals back at Milanello, Montella is working on his anti-Napoli XI and according to Sky, he will keep the 3-4-2-1. The novelty, however, comes from the fact that Montella is apparently thinking of using Bonucci as a right-sided center back, with Romagnoli in the center.

The third center back in this case would be Ricardo Rodriguez, and this would allow Montella to use a more offensive midfield, using Giacomo Bonaventura who is healthy again after fully recovering from a muscular injury. With Jack in midfield, the two trequartisti would be Suso and Hakan Çalhanoğlu, behind Nikola Kalinić. André Silva, as often happens in Serie A, will most likely start from the bench.

Suso, Mateo Musacchio and Lucas Biglia during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)
Suso, Mateo Musacchio and Lucas Biglia during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

The physical condition of Lucas Biglia also needs to be monitored and at the moment he is not expected to play from the start. Therefore, Riccardo Montolivo is favorite to start over Italy under 21’s Manuel Locatelli, with Fabio Borini, Franck Kessié and Bonaventura alongside him.

Another option which was tried in training today according to Sky, is Ignazio Abate on the right and Borini on the left sides of the midfield, and Jack behind the striker alongside Suso, who made his Spain debut this week (45 minutes against Russia), leaving Çalhanoğlu on the bench.

Probable XI (Sky): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Leonardo Bonucci, Alessio Romagnoli, Ricardo Rodriguez; Fabio Borini, Franck Kessié, Montolivo, Bonaventura; Suso, Hakan Çalhanoğlu; Nikola Kalinić.

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Little'humble
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Comment:All the best….

Mohamed
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This is beautiful line up…use Borini as distoreyer not as winger …Montella is finally learning

Pelle80
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Sry! Is it so difficult to play 4321?
__________donna______________
Abate_____bonucci____roma____rr____

_________kessie____monty/loca_______

Suso__________calha_____________bona____

_____________silva/cutrone/kali____^^

Pelle80
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Pelle80

4231*

RS
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RS

I play Milan with 4231 in FIFA 18 and its very effective even against top players.

Apache
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Apache

Before now I was always eager to read Milan news every hour but since Montella could not bring something good with over 200m invested in his care I sluggishly read our news
Let wait and see how it goes on Saturday.

agustinar
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agustinar

agree

VRN
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VRN

Another experiment, well he discovered that Borini can play wingback, now he is going to experiment an entire squad on that position just to find out how many of them can do it, this is seriously becoming a joke, bravo Noobtella, great job.
Lets bet Calhanoglu is the next victim of that left wingback position, lol.

Alayo
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Bonaventura as a wing back is nonsense.How can we play our most offensive player as a wing back?
Montella is sick

oluwa shevy
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oluwa shevy

u guys should just watch n see wot will happen.not by d formation d odd r against us but not to worry we will win or atmost a draw.is time to invest ur moni n make gud moni.forza

Mugabe
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Mugabe

We will see. I wouldn’t bet on it

derya
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derya

the only change i would do is
roma=bonu=musa
in the back
rodriguez as left middle
and take out hakan to let suso play along jack behind silva
anway;;milan all the way
gona be tough at napoli

AC4M
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AC4M

Musacchio on the bench…. our best CB

Nutella the Myth continues…

Napoli easy win.

Mai ac
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Mai ac

I believe montela is sik 4 kipn silver on the Bench, he is far better than kalanic even cotron is better than kalanic

nick
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nick

More experimenting with the squad will lead to more inconsistent results. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure that out.

This is becoming a big joke. Already looking forward to next season.

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Instagram @tormiey

with a new manager……

Vince
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Vince

I don’t usually agree with montella . But I’m actually curious with trying jack there, he can take people on and can put in good crosses and well as track back. The only thing is I would move him to the right so he could swing crosses in. Mussachio bonucci romagnioli Bona kessie monto Rodriguez Suso canu Silva

Terry
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Terry

We should bench Kalinic. Bad performances should not be rewarded. Silva has the hunger for the game and he should be starting… I’ll even take Cutrone over Kalinic.

ruth
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montella again ,how can u bench a man in good form(mussachio)let them play their roles ricrod is not good in this position and besides y not play a 4-2-3-1

Manga la figa
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Manga la figa

Should We lose, and with that bum Montella that’s a sure bet, I’m hoping management fires his ass.
Hopefully that will start a chain reaction and FIGC cleans house too.

Striker
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Striker

Let shitella leave so Milan can be grate again ya…how long will it take you to get a starting eleven,forever? I don’t even know why management is holding unto you. You you’re one of those who is seriously damaging Italian football.

Pray_For_Milan
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Pray_For_Milan

When you experiment against Napoli is just bad mistake waiting to happen. We should be playing our best available players for this match. These guys are top of the league, a draw is what we should be aiming for, a win is unlikely but possible.

To field a weak defense against the best attacking team in Serie A is just beyond montella’s stupidity. We’re playing away, “The Italian Job”(Defend, counter-attack) should be our strategy.

We’re gonna lose big time.

Bang
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Bang

i don’t care about the formation, i just wants AC Milan gives his determination, good play and more important.. win.

Milan10
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Milan10

In other words, morontella is betting his whole assets and his grandma’s retirement plan on napoli winning. theres no other logical way to explain it

Ambrosini
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Ambrosini

Musa can play as right back, that should have been experimented than using Borini..this man don’t Just seems to have ideas when it matters