Spezia-Milan: The Rossoneri squad

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

Here is the squad of Milan.

AC Milan face Spezia Calcio on Saturday evening when the clock points 20:45 CET at Stadio Alberto Picco for the 22nd matchday of the 2020/21 Serie A and the Rossoneri coach Stefano Pioli has named his squad for this encounter.

Davide Calabria (suspension) and Brahim Díaz (thigh injury) are out.

Probable XI (Sky): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Diogo Dalot, Simon Kjær, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernández; Ismaël Bennacer, Franck Kessié; Alexis Saelemaekers, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Rafael Leão; Zlatan Ibrahimović.

GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwards
Antonio DonnarummaDiogo DalotIsmaël BennacerZlatan Ibrahimović
Gianluigi DonnarummaMatteo GabbiaHakan ÇalhanoğluRafael Leão
Ciprian TătăruşanuTheo HernándezSamu CastillejoMario Mandžukić
Simon KjærJens Petter HaugeAnte Rebić
Pierre KaluluFranck Kessié
Alessio RomagnoliRade Krunić
Fikayo TomoriSoualiho Meïté
Alexis Saelemaekers
Sandro Tonali
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Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
20 days ago

Let’s go all out guys. No team should be underrated at this stage.

Ashraf
20 days ago

All we want is the 3 point

Caesar
Caesar
20 days ago

IMO Kjaer and Bennacer shouldn’t be thrown into the starting line up just like that. They should be subbed in as the game progresses. Start Tomori along side Romagnoli and use Kessie/Meite or Kessie/Sandro as DMs. Let’s not not rush them back to injuries. We have a good bench so let’s use it.

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
20 days ago
Reply to  Caesar

I have an opposite opinion, Milan should play with the best players available. We should do anything possible to mantain top spot before derby. Bennacer has been in full training for at least a week and was introduced back 2 matches ago. In this match, he and Kjaer should at least play for 60-70 minutes, and then we can look at the bench. The squad can take a little rest when they play in Europe.

SJF
SJF
20 days ago
Reply to  Caesar

I think he’ll wait to Europa game to being Kjaer back. Bennacer might be ready, the coach shud know from what he sees in training.
The big call is….
Please please please try rebi as RW and Leao at LW, it could be awesome!!.
Let’s continue the good form before the derby

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
20 days ago
Reply to  SJF

Good suggestions. I agree we should try someone else in the right side becoz we have options but not really satisfying ones, but i think the better candidate is leao, because he is better at penetrating defense, right footed and good at crossing.

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
20 days ago
Reply to  SJF

Let us not mis-align the balance of this team because we want to satisfy our enthusiasm by fielding all our best attackers at once. When the LW needs substitution then who do we pick ? Hauge ? There is no point using Rebic at RW when he is best at LW. He may do all the playing without a reasonable end result. So Rebic may be effective at the RW but may not be efficient there . The right thing for us would have been to get a right winger but we didn’t.

Last edited 20 days ago by Gbenga AJOSE
SJF
SJF
20 days ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

I think Rebic has enough experience to handle switching wings. Hes right footed.

Yes we can bring in Hauge and Saladmaker if needed

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
20 days ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

Of course, there is a point in experimenting. If the left-wing need a substitution, we can just put Rebic back there, and change the existing left winger with Salaemaekers. you forget that we have Mandzukic who can play there.
There were and would be situations when our attack won’t work with Salae and Castillejo and you said yourself that we didn’t do the right thing in the latest market.
The suggestion itself occurred because we don’t get the same contribution between the right and the left wing. You can compare the quantity, quality, and statistics of both wing

Roberto Giano
20 days ago

win this, beat inter after this, and stay out from injuries then we will win the scudetto

Ranajaya
Ranajaya
20 days ago
Reply to  Roberto Giano

I think we could make a strong case of winning the scudetto if we managed to have 5 points margin with Inter after the next derby.

SJF
SJF
20 days ago
Reply to  Roberto Giano

Yep win today is vital. Inter have a tough game with Lazio. Then arrive at the derby full strength!
Its definitely a huge chance

Ruskin
20 days ago

I wish pioli will just play kalulu instead of dalot in place of the suspended Calabria ,keep the partnership of kessie and meite(reminds me of bakayoko)bring in ismeal bennecer in the 60th min pending how the match is going ,

SJF
SJF
20 days ago
Reply to  Ruskin

I’d love to see Kalulu play too. He looks unbelievably talented and calm.
Also I think its important to keep him motivated. He got 0 games before our injury crisis and yet when he came in he performed immensely. Now we have Tomori on loan it has pushed him down the list again.
He deserves more chances. On the RW he can be a weapon going forward.
Next Thuram this lad!
For me he has been the revelation of the season so far

dejan10
dejan10
20 days ago

Ohmygod could it be… pretty much a full squad? It’d be interesting to see where we’d be in the table now if we’d had Bennacer, Çalhanoğlu and Ibra available for the last two months.

Milan10
Milan10
20 days ago

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SJF
SJF
20 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

I agree. Rebic seems a better option for RW, he has all the attributes and experience.
Leao as u say performed poorly on the RW. Also he is young and to build his confidence he needs to be playing in his most natural position.

That still leave Hauge, Saladman, Casti, Mario etc as backup options.
I dont see any problem there.

Best to try it out v Spezia and if its successful try it v inter. If it doesn’t work well go back to plan A

Milan10
Milan10
20 days ago
Reply to  SJF

correctamundo mate. personally, i thought about hauge or rebic or even dalot playing rw vs red star but alas, pioli chose to omit hauge from el squad and picked krunic instead. damn shame

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
20 days ago
Reply to  SJF

Not a good time to experiment mate .We can’t afford to slip now.

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
20 days ago

Wish Napoli could just win Juve tonight ….its 1:0 already now in favour of Napoli