Daniel Maldinis is ready for his big moment in the starting XI of the Rossoneri with Brahim Díaz on the bench, as Milan prepare for Spezia.
Milan take on Spezia tomorrow at Stadio Alberto Picco at 15:00 CET, and with Atlético Madrid and Atalanta coming up next, coach Stefano Pioli is going to rest some players in this match.
One of those players is expected to be Brahim Díaz. The #10 of the Rossoneri has played in every match this season and has been instrumental in all of them with his dribbling, goals and assists. However, tomorrow he will most likely start from the bench.
According to Milannews.it, Sky Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport, Brahim will be replaced by Daniel Maldini. For the 19-year-old it’s the first start this season and he will look to show to Pioli that he can be a valuable player this campaign, as he is going to face a difficult side to break down in Spezia.
Together with Maldini in attack, there should be Alexis Saelemaekers and Rafael Leão (although some early reports suggested he could be rested with Fodé Ballo-Touré playing in his place). Sky expects Olivier Giroud to play from the start after returning to the squad following a back injury. This means that Ante Rebić will be able to catch his breath after 3 games as a sole striker.
In midfield, Sandro Tonali will once again start, this time alongside Franck Kessié, leaving Ismaël Bennacer on the bench, perhaps in anticipation of Tuesday’s match against Atlético. In defense, Simon Kjær is still injured and so Fikayo Tomori and Alessio Romagnoli will be leading the line. Davide Calabria is back in the squad but Pierre Kalulu is tipped to start as a right-back with Theo Hernández on the left. Mike Maignan will be between the sticks as usual and will try to get a 4th clean sheet.
Probable XI: Mike Maignan; Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernández; Sandro Tonali, Franck Kessié; Alexis Saelemaekers, Daniel Maldini, Rafael Leão; Olivier Giroud.