Reports: Leão is expected to start as the center forward against Lecce on Sunday, Çalhanoğlu favorite over Rebić

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Hakan Çalhanoğlu during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Rafael Leão and Hakan Çalhanoğlu are likely to be in the starting XI tomorrow against Lecce, alongside Suso.

Stefano Pioli’s first match in charge of Milan is tomorrow and it’s now time for him to choose his starting XI for the match against Lecce at Stadio San Siro.

Pioli will only release the squad list for the game on Sunday morning, but news are already out about his likely selections.

The former Inter and Fiorentina coach stated in today’s press conference that it’s very important to get your initial line-up correct” and yet, according to Sky Italia and Milannews.it, Hakan Çalhanoğlu currently seems the favorite over Ante Rebić to start in the role of the left-wing.

Marco Giampaolo used the Turkish as a mezz’ala and a regista, but Pioli believes the player is more suited to playing as a winger. Hakan is one of the most criticized Milan player, but coaches keep placing their faith in him despite the bad performances on the pitch. With Pioli and with the new-old position (Rino Gattuso played him there often), Çalhanoğlu could perhaps turn the page.

Rafael Leão during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Meanwhile, Rafael Leão is expected to start as the striker in the place of Krzysztof Piątek. The Polish has had a very disappointing campaign so far, while Leão was impressive in his performances on the left wing. Pioli thinks that the Portuguese’s qualities make him a better center forward than winger.

Davide Calabria (and Samu Castillejo) are suspended, so Andrea Conti will play as a right back. Mateo Musacchio will take his place back in defense, while Lucas Paquetá will be the mezz’ala.

AC Milan (4-3-3) – Stefano Pioli (Probable)
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernández; Franck Kessié, Lucas Biglia, Lucas Paquetá; Suso, Rafael Leão, Hakan Çalhanoğlu.

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Ink

What? Again Hakan?
What the hell is wrong with these coaches.

Raven
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Hakan will prove you wrong trust me

Coach Seedorf
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Coach Seedorf

@Raven, thank you. all we do is bash our players. Hakan is a very good player. Coaches keep putting their trust in Hakan and Suso for a reason. They are clearly not No man’s problem. He will perform well if he starts. We are yet to see the best of Hakan in Milan

nick
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Madness if Calhanoglu starts. I doubt he will but then again I never imagine Pioli would be our coach.

Pele80
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Pele80

Slow wingers, slow midfielders…. tmorrow gonna be a slow motion game. Lol

fatherice
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fatherice

Just hope we win tomorrow match, FORZA MILAN

Ashraf
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Hakan again this club is f**up

gxbecho
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gxbecho

Not sure what these coaches see in chalhanoglu… Really makes no sense

Nesta1
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Nesta1

If this coach plays hakan I truly lose belief. Rebic should play, we have a good team play the best players and we will get results! Good luck for tomorrow let’s do this!!!!!

Emmy Apache
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Well I will believe this is just a media assumption and hope Rebic plays tomorrow instead of Calhanoglu and same goes to Biglia these two players play well in the training thus why they are always choosing ahead of good players but they are flops in a real match
It’s time to leak their absurd idea

Donadoni
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Donadoni

We had done, once again, what continues to compound our farcical situation: hired a mid table (untested at a decent level) coach. I was quite exited with his plans for the team and formation; the tactics and player selections, however, were a mess. Our ‘tactical genius’ looked more like a rank amateur. Takes off our two best players on the day verses Torino. Debacle. Out thought and out coached by Montella, things must be bad. On reflection, the guy took an average Sampdoria team and failed to improve it’s league position. His language was also alarming. This isn’t Sampdoria, Brescia… Read more »

Raypaid_01
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Raypaid_01

Looks copied

Donadoni
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Donadoni

Written by me, you tit.

tcl00
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tcl00

I simply do not understand why coaches after coaches prefer Suso And Hakan. Aren’t there any other players in the Milan squad right to replace them? Are they so indispensable that no one in the summer came running for either of them with fat offer? This coach is going nowhere if starts with Hakan tomorrow. I was just hoping to see Rebic on his place but now again he changes his mind.

Ipk7
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Ipk7

Well it’s official
We are team of madman
I mean how long are we gonna repeat the same things and expect different results????

Pato
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Pato

I may be wrong but I guess it’s all a ploy to sustain or improve the values of these players as another transfer window is close by so that we can sell them at reasonable price.. it doesn’t matter to the management how we win. Even if it’s a goal margin winning. They are protecting the values of these players so that they can sell them .

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Yes Suso has been poor this season, but he has never been this poor. He’s been average with flashes of class here and there in the past. Biglia has not been decisive and somewhat poor, but he also has never been a bad player. Bottomline, I think Giampaolo made most of these guys bad, because they were trying too hard to understand him. So they became restricted rather than play to what they are really capable of doing. Now, this is not an endorsement of both players. It’s not because I think they are better than others in the team.… Read more »