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.
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.